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Fattest Citizens: 243rd Most Armed: 278th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 295th
The Free Republic of
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Ponderosa

Population10.514 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, infamous sell-swords, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 10.514 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, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. 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 3,058 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 significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 290,889 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,044,393 per year while the poor average 58,049, a ratio of 18.0 to 1.

Every fourth child is born with flippers instead of hands, road rage is rarer but more terminal now that many people drive fully-operational battle tanks to work, depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years, and the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ponderosa's national animal is the Osprey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ponderosa is ranked 161,371st in the world and 196th in Wintreath for Most Average, scoring 23.2 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Fattest Citizens: 243rdMost Armed: 278thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 295thHighest Crime Rates: 304thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 307thLargest Retail Industry: 313thRudest Citizens: 318thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 356thMost Avoided: 509thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 575thHighest Disposable Incomes: 721stMost Rebellious Youth: 956thLargest Gambling Industry: 984thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,286thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,429thHighest Average Incomes: 1,526thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,606thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,784thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,951stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,992ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,142ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,182ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,247thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,498thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,606thHighest Economic Output: 2,618thMost Efficient Economies: 2,866thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,984thSmartest Citizens: 6,817thNudest: 7,817thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,772ndTop
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Most Pro-Market: 10,401stLargest Black Market: 12,634thMost Secular: 13,839thLargest Populations: 14,986thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,665thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,781st
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Politically Free: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, road rage is rarer but more terminal now that many people drive fully-operational battle tanks to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, every fourth child is born with flippers instead of hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.

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