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Highest Crime Rates: 10thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12thMost Armed: 12th
The PS2 Puppet of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Pterodoria

Population13.152 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Someone with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.152 billion Pterodorians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

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 7,231 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 549,846 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,150,174 per year while the poor average 4,946, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

The children of Pterodoria are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, and what citizens give with one hand they take away with the other. 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 2,117th in the world and 26th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 97.22 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 10thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12thMost Armed: 12thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19thLargest Gambling Industry: 19thFattest Citizens: 20thLargest Retail Industry: 26thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 40thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 41stMost Avoided: 48thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 68thHighest Disposable Incomes: 79thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 107thMost Rebellious Youth: 118thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 134thRudest Citizens: 141stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 192ndHighest Average Incomes: 192ndMost Corrupt Governments: 209thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 224thLargest Insurance Industry: 236thLargest Mining Sector: 334thMost Efficient Economies: 532ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 658thMost Scientifically Advanced: 766thHighest Economic Output: 856thLargest Agricultural Sector: 959thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,014thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,680thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,845thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 2,117thMost Cultured: 3,314thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,999thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,559thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,239thLargest Black Market: 9,671stTop
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Highest Drug Use: 14,525thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,801stLargest Populations: 17,358thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,340th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 26th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 27th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 34th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Cultured: 101st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 116th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 134th in the regionLargest Populations: 196th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 227th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 251st in the regionLargest Black Market: 274th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 485th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 557th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, what citizens give with one hand they take away with the other.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the children of Pterodoria are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Pterodoria.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, passengers often cause a stink on public transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, pet rocks are sold by the pound.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers'.

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