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Highest Crime Rates: 4thMost Armed: 4thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th
The PS2 Puppet of
Capitalist Paradise
Stop reading my motto!
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Good
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Frightening
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Pterodoria

Population15.92 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone
FaithBusiness

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Someone with an even hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, flagrant waste-dumping, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 15.92 billion Pterodorians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pterodoria City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pterodorian economy, worth a remarkable 9,892 trillion Pteralurias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 621,414 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,820,603 per year while the poor average 5,588, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu', the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money, and a policy of plausible deniability helps protect the government from athletic doping scandals. 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. Pterodoria's national animal is the Pterodactyl, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Business.

Pterodoria is ranked 248,091st in the world and 8,530th in the South Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 0.49 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

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Highest Crime Rates: 4thMost Armed: 4thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11thFattest Citizens: 12thMost Avoided: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 15thLargest Retail Industry: 16thRudest Citizens: 21stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24thHighest Disposable Incomes: 50thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 62ndMost Rebellious Youth: 75thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 99thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 113thMost Corrupt Governments: 129thHighest Average Incomes: 139thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 147thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 168thMost Efficient Economies: 174thLargest Insurance Industry: 189thLargest Mining Sector: 248thMost Scientifically Advanced: 409thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 498thHighest Economic Output: 546thLargest Agricultural Sector: 619thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,279thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,311thMost Cultured: 1,450thMost Secular: 1,569thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,899thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,926thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,437thLargest Black Market: 10,204thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,459thTop
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Largest Populations: 16,279thMost Pro-Market: 19,106thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,840thHighest Drug Use: 22,434th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 40th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 49th in the regionMost Secular: 61st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 76th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 102nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 107th in the regionLargest Black Market: 154th in the regionLargest Populations: 187th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 271st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 392nd in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 499th in the regionNudest: 532nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 680th in the regionLargest Governments: 711th in the regionMost Stationary: 785th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, a policy of plausible deniability helps protect the government from athletic doping scandals.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, major cities are suffering under water rationing.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, agricultural employees work for peanuts.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, teen gangs are encouraged to take drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, wildlife near farms is slowly becoming extinct.

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