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Highest Crime Rates: 14th Rudest Citizens: 15th Most Armed: 16th
The Eternal Misfortune of
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Population9.905 billion

CapitalPterodoria City


The Eternal Misfortune of Pterodoria is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Someone with an even hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, infamous sell-swords, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 9.905 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, liberal, 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 5,005 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 505,328 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,243,493 per year while the poor average 11,453, a ratio of 370 to 1.

The country's population is reported with a margin of error of several billions, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams, the government is a law unto itself, and crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens. 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 50th in the world and 2nd in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 1,156.4 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 14thRudest Citizens: 15thMost Armed: 16thLargest Retail Industry: 19thFattest Citizens: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rdLargest Gambling Industry: 24thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 46thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 50thMost Avoided: 51stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 67thHighest Disposable Incomes: 102ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 133rdMost Rebellious Youth: 134thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 139thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 213thHighest Average Incomes: 214thLargest Insurance Industry: 263rdMost Corrupt Governments: 267thLargest Mining Sector: 367thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 667thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 697thMost Scientifically Advanced: 770thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 968thHighest Economic Output: 1,341stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,570thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,946thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,454thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,841stMost Efficient Economies: 3,881stMost Pro-Market: 4,490thMost Cultured: 4,599thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,023rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,586thMost Stationary: 6,102ndNudest: 6,793rdLargest Black Market: 7,496thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 8,458thHighest Drug Use: 9,708thMost Influential: 11,526thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,517th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 31st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 37th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 50th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 60th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 108th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 113th in the regionMost Stationary: 124th in the regionMost Cultured: 130th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 132nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 134th in the regionNudest: 151st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 160th in the regionLargest Populations: 206th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 253rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 291st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 319th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 657th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the government is a law unto itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the country's population is reported with a margin of error of several billions.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Pterodorian restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, corrupt industrial practices are spreading like a plague.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, playing an online nation simulation game legally obliges you to buy the creator's latest novel.


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