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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 148thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 150thHighest Crime Rates: 151st
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Ponderosa

Population19.594 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 renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 19.594 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, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. 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 6,669 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 340,379 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,658,108 per year while the poor average 40,265, a ratio of 41.2 to 1.

Foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Ponderosan Moonshine", people who have never eaten chicken are told it tastes a bit like crocodile, jumping in puddles after rainstorms has become an indoor activity, and ignorance is considered a politically desirable quality. 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 29,637th in the world and 132nd in Wintreath for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 148thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 150thHighest Crime Rates: 151stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 155thMost Armed: 167thRudest Citizens: 189thFattest Citizens: 190thMost Avoided: 223rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 268thMost Valuable International Artwork: 287thLargest Retail Industry: 361stLargest Gambling Industry: 367thMost Rebellious Youth: 463rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 471stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 833rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 842ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,166thHighest Economic Output: 1,490thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,503rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,595thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,597thLargest Mining Sector: 1,687thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,829thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,838thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,909thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,906thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,234thMost Efficient Economies: 3,895thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,679thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,082ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,668thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,002ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,286thSmartest Citizens: 9,388thLargest Populations: 11,109thMost Secular: 11,553rdTop
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Largest Black Market: 14,371stMost Inclusive: 16,302ndMost Influential: 20,153rdMost Cultured: 21,585thMost Pro-Market: 24,225thHighest Drug Use: 26,434th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionNudest: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 21st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Secular: 28th in the regionMost Politically Free: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, ignorance is considered a politically desirable quality.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, jumping in puddles after rainstorms has become an indoor activity.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, people who have never eaten chicken are told it tastes a bit like crocodile.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Ponderosa lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Ponderosa lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Ponderosa lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Ponderosa lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Ponderosa lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.

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