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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,049th Most Devout: 4,340th Most Armed: 4,589th
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Pondistan

Population1.053 billion

CapitalAl Pondibad

Currencydinar
Animalox

The Nomadic Peoples of Pondistan is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its enslaved workforce, ban on automobiles, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.053 billion Pondistanis are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Al Pondibad. The average income tax rate is 38.0%.

The powerhouse Pondistani economy, worth 92.8 trillion dinars a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 88,134 dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Leader, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli, and supermarkets must refund spoilt milk even six months after the sale. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Pondistan's national animal is the ox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pondistan is ranked 98,341st in the world and 14th in Ponderosa for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 1,141.44 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,049thMost Devout: 4,340thMost Armed: 4,589thMost Conservative: 5,980thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,557thMost Avoided: 6,750thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,983rdTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,431stLargest Mining Sector: 10,766thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,889thMost Authoritarian: 13,590thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,692ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,862ndLargest Insurance Industry: 15,207thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,883rd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pondistan's influence in Ponderosa rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Pondistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Pondistan's influence in Ponderosa fell from "Contender" to "Negotiator".
  • : Following new legislation in Pondistan, supermarkets must refund spoilt milk even six months after the sale.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondistan, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondistan, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondistan, foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondistan, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year.
  • : Pondistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondistan, directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Al Pondibad as a backdrop.

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