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Highest Crime Rates: 11th Most Armed: 14th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 17th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Pterodoria

Population10.468 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The Eternal Misfortune of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Someone with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 10.468 billion Pterodorians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized 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 5,383 trillion Pteralurias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 514,318 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,691,983 per year while the poor average 6,254, a ratio of 750 to 1.

The education system is famed for its taxing exams, the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, and teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill. 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.

Pterodoria is ranked 174,412th in the world and 7,930th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 0.49 Quips Per Hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 11thMost Armed: 14thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17thFattest Citizens: 19thLargest Gambling Industry: 20thLargest Retail Industry: 22ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 44thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 47thMost Avoided: 47thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 69thHighest Disposable Incomes: 91stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 119thMost Rebellious Youth: 131stRudest Citizens: 134thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 135thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 204thHighest Average Incomes: 204thMost Corrupt Governments: 239thLargest Insurance Industry: 257thLargest Mining Sector: 360thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 656thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 674thMost Scientifically Advanced: 836thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,006thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,124thHighest Economic Output: 1,210thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,473rdTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,808thMost Pro-Market: 1,860thMost Efficient Economies: 3,837thMost Cultured: 3,891stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,136thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,298thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,142ndMost Stationary: 5,868thLargest Black Market: 7,631stTop
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Highest Drug Use: 10,234thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,188thMost Influential: 11,344thNudest: 11,848th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 34th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 39th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 60th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 109th in the regionMost Cultured: 110th in the regionMost Stationary: 120th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 137th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 142nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 143rd in the regionLargest Populations: 202nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 242nd in the regionNudest: 298th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 314th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 708th in the regionMost Extreme: 743rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • : Pterodoria was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Benevolent Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the education system is famed for its taxing exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the morbidly obese often sell stock options on their own corpses.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, it is typical to be greeted by a string of curse words in Pterodorian restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, citizens are prohibited from raising their voice above thirty decibels in commercial districts.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, wealthy students ride to school past mendicant dropouts.

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