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Highest Disposable Incomes: 4th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th Highest Economic Output: 7th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Grendels

Population35.765 billion

CapitalHackleburg
LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 35.765 billion Grendels 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, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hackleburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Grendelsian economy, worth an astonishing 32,888 trillion Golden Bonds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 919,571 Golden Bonds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,292,045 per year while the poor average 117,932, a ratio of 36.4 to 1.

Just as students finish their homework it's time for school, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural The Grendels, and only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Grendels's national animal is the the Dire Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Grendels is ranked 170,445th in the world and 77th in Wysteria for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 0.5 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 4thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thHighest Economic Output: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thMost Avoided: 10thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 13thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14thMost Armed: 15thLargest Gambling Industry: 17thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18thLargest Insurance Industry: 21stMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 25thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30thFattest Citizens: 32ndLargest Mining Sector: 34thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36thMost Secular: 36thLargest Populations: 40thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 43rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 76thLargest Agricultural Sector: 84thHighest Crime Rates: 91stSmartest Citizens: 93rdMost Efficient Economies: 125thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 128thLargest Retail Industry: 157thMost Corrupt Governments: 165thRudest Citizens: 219thLargest Publishing Industry: 262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 288thMost Cultured: 479thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,345thLargest Black Market: 2,687thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,469thMost Influential: 5,506thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,788thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,099thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,919thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 8,893rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,450thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,941st
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the region

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