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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd Highest Economic Output: 6th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, enslaved workforce, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 31.825 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 29,232 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 918,540 Golden Bonds, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,064,590 per year while the poor average 84,288, a ratio of 60.1 to 1.

Toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam", former customs officers are adjusting to their new lives as market stall traders, supervisors in The Grendels commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. 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 100,489th in the world and 47th in Wysteria for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 913.79 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndHighest Economic Output: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thMost Avoided: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 12thMost Armed: 14thMost Secular: 15thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17thLargest Insurance Industry: 19thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21stFattest Citizens: 22ndLargest Retail Industry: 25thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 28thLargest Populations: 30thLargest Mining Sector: 36thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 46thRudest Citizens: 53rdSmartest Citizens: 55thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thLargest Agricultural Sector: 71stHighest Crime Rates: 84thMost Corrupt Governments: 107thLargest Information Technology Sector: 115thMost Efficient Economies: 123rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 152ndLargest Publishing Industry: 278thMost Cultured: 352ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,972ndLargest Governments: 2,090thMost Influential: 4,018thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,492ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,231stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,321stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,734thMost Pro-Market: 6,901stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 11,501st
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, supervisors in The Grendels commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, former customs officers are adjusting to their new lives as market stall traders.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam".
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, healthcare funding has been cut.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, distrust of taps has many people bathing only with bottled mineral water.
  • : The Grendels ejected and banned Aryanbrahmins from Wysteria.
  • : The Grendels ejected and banned The Super-Amazing Land of Nrebium from Wysteria.

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