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Most Armed: 254th Fattest Citizens: 262nd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 275th
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Population11.756 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, smutty television, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 11.756 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 3,443 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 Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 292,877 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,072,637 per year while the poor average 56,665, a ratio of 18.9 to 1.

Ponderosan police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests, reddish-brown is the new black, bar brawls are an hourly occurrence, and no one is quite sure what many government officials look like. 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 33,415th in the world and 93rd in Wintreath for Most Developed, scoring 64.63 on the Human Development Index.

Most Armed: 254thFattest Citizens: 262ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 275thHighest Crime Rates: 281stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 289thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 331stLargest Retail Industry: 379thRudest Citizens: 424thMost Avoided: 476thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 552ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 665thLargest Gambling Industry: 874thMost Rebellious Youth: 910thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,257thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,283rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,366thHighest Average Incomes: 1,588thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,883rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,007thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,027thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,052ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,058thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,059thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,220thHighest Economic Output: 2,369thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,462ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,494thMost Efficient Economies: 2,660thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,460thNudest: 7,162ndSmartest Citizens: 7,182ndTop
Most Pro-Market: 8,536thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,839thLargest Black Market: 12,004thLargest Populations: 13,744thMost Secular: 14,450thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,568thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,859th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 30th in the regionMost Politically Free: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, bar brawls are an hourly occurrence.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, reddish-brown is the new black.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, Ponderosan police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Ponderosa flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, kids these days know how to throw a proper punch.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, pictures of government employees with expensive Pearbooks 'working' on exotic beaches dominate local tabloids.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers'.


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