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Fattest Citizens: 254th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 288th Most Armed: 292nd
The Free Republic of
Anarchy
Live Free
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ponderosa

Population10.276 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, otherworldly petting zoo, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 10.276 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 2,981 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 290,137 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,086,390 per year while the poor average 54,210, a ratio of 20.0 to 1.

A faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles distance from the National Science Park, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, and community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common. 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 160,425th in the world and 219th in Wintreath for Most Authoritarian, with zero Stalins.

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Fattest Citizens: 254thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 288thMost Armed: 292ndLargest Retail Industry: 309thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 311thRudest Citizens: 321stHighest Crime Rates: 327thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 348thMost Avoided: 511thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 583rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,011thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,015thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,175thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,296thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,336thHighest Average Incomes: 1,500thTop
5%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,713thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,727thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,967thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,063rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,069thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,139thLargest Mining Sector: 2,255thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,518thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,616thHighest Economic Output: 2,656thMost Efficient Economies: 2,881stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,778thSmartest Citizens: 6,661stNudest: 8,067thTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 11,467thLargest Black Market: 12,408thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,224thMost Secular: 14,476thLargest Populations: 15,146thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,874th
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1%
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 10th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionTop
10%
Nudest: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Politically Free: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Ospreys and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Ponderosa altered its national flag.
  • : Ponderosa's influence in Wintreath rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Drug Use.

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