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Highest Crime Rates: 151stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 156thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 157th
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Population16.915 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, complete lack of prisons, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 16.915 billion Ponderosans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Santa Fe. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ponderosan economy, worth a remarkable 5,743 trillion Ponderosa dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 339,561 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,563,071 per year while the poor average 44,674, a ratio of 35.0 to 1.

Couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best, card collectors duel to the death, and travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Ponderosa flights to avoid the pay lavatories. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ponderosa's national animal is the Osprey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ponderosa is ranked 233,032nd in the world and 320th in Wintreath for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 209.88 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Highest Crime Rates: 151stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 156thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 157thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 157thMost Armed: 166thFattest Citizens: 184thRudest Citizens: 185thMost Valuable International Artwork: 195thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 250thLargest Retail Industry: 300thMost Avoided: 303rdLargest Gambling Industry: 389thHighest Disposable Incomes: 441stMost Rebellious Youth: 496thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 880thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 904thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,098thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,316thHighest Average Incomes: 1,377thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,509thLargest Mining Sector: 1,513thHighest Economic Output: 1,604thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,687thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,800thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,922ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,604thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,058thMost Efficient Economies: 3,282ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,875thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,166thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,542ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,499thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,505thSmartest Citizens: 8,041stMost Secular: 11,119thLargest Populations: 11,851stTop
Nudest: 12,182ndLargest Black Market: 13,299thMost Inclusive: 16,339thHighest Drug Use: 18,892ndMost Pro-Market: 19,066thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,820thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,391stMost Cultured: 22,813thMost Influential: 23,213th
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Extreme: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 28th in the regionMost Politically Free: 29th in the region

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