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Highest Crime Rates: 14th Most Armed: 18th Largest Retail Industry: 19th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Capitalizt
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Pterodoria

Population9.216 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The Eternal Misfortune of Pterodoria is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Someone with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 9.216 billion Pterodorians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

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 4,585 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 an amazing 497,524 Pteralurias, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,648,624 per year while the poor average 49,229, a ratio of 53.8 to 1.

The most popular household pet in Pterodoria is the domestic minor, the government is eagerly awaiting a multi-million Pteraluria payment from a deposed Smalltopian monarch, frequent broken zippers have resulted in safety pins making a fashion comeback, and the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away. 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 135,391st in the world and 6,075th in the South Pacific for Most Devout, with 7.17 Prayers Per Hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 14thMost Armed: 18thLargest Retail Industry: 19thFattest Citizens: 20thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27thLargest Gambling Industry: 28thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 29thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 48thMost Avoided: 53rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 58thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 71stRudest Citizens: 75thHighest Disposable Incomes: 105thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 121stMost Rebellious Youth: 138thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 139thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 151stHighest Average Incomes: 214thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 224thLargest Insurance Industry: 272ndMost Corrupt Governments: 282ndLargest Mining Sector: 397thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 701stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 722ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,027thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,176thHighest Economic Output: 1,478thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,558thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,709thMost Efficient Economies: 3,970thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,383rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,681stMost Cultured: 4,902ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,400thHighest Drug Use: 6,185thMost Stationary: 6,493rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,005thLargest Black Market: 7,543rdTop
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Most Pro-Market: 9,929thNudest: 11,201stMost Influential: 11,710thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,847th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 33rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 45th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 63rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 107th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 122nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 124th in the regionMost Stationary: 129th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 132nd in the regionMost Cultured: 140th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 154th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 169th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 192nd in the regionLargest Populations: 264th in the regionNudest: 268th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 273rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 288th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 637th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, frequent broken zippers have resulted in safety pins making a fashion comeback.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the government is eagerly awaiting a multi-million Pteraluria payment from a deposed Smalltopian monarch.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the most popular household pet in Pterodoria is the domestic minor.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, a popular artist is claiming that a raw steak with a dog turd on it is a portrait of Someone.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, ten thousand Pterodorian soldiers recently invaded a nation occupied by two senior citizens and a dachshund.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Pterodoria flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, many are questioning Someone wearing an Eckie-Ecola baseball cap during a keynote speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle.

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