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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 430thFattest Citizens: 552nd
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
Ours is the fury
God-Emperor Bulluk XIV
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Pontusia

Population7.507 billion

CapitalLambgrad
LeaderGod-Emperor Bulluk XIV
FaithZoroastrianism

CurrencyShekel
AnimalHoly Banana Lord

The Empire of Pontusia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by God-Emperor Bulluk XIV with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.507 billion Pontusians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lambgrad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Pontusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,744 trillion Shekels a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 232,406 Shekels, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,149,427 per year while the poor average 2,441, a ratio of 880 to 1.

The government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net, God-Emperor Bulluk XIV has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves, and citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Pontusia's national animal is the Holy Banana Lord, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Zoroastrianism.

Pontusia is ranked 49,077th in the world and 129th in New Western Empire for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 3.21 Bank.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 430thFattest Citizens: 552ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 582ndLargest Retail Industry: 896thMost Avoided: 918thLargest Gambling Industry: 972ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,078thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,267thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,388thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,840thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,972ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,220thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,520thLargest Mining Sector: 2,621stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,827thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,945thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,965thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,099thRudest Citizens: 3,201stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,287thHighest Average Incomes: 4,311thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,511thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,989thMost Efficient Economies: 8,097thHighest Economic Output: 9,848thMost Influential: 9,952ndTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,016thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,550thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,669thMost Pro-Market: 17,420thMost Conservative: 18,786thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,020thLargest Black Market: 22,866thLargest Governments: 23,162nd
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Conservative: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, God-Emperor Bulluk XIV has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, citizens are prohibited from raising their voice above thirty decibels in commercial districts.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, euthanasia is legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, money grows on trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, black tea is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, students at universities think exercise bikes are pieces of abstract art.

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