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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Grendels

Population38.013 billion

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 notable for its compulsory military service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 38.013 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 35,453 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 932,654 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,737,479 per year while the poor average 8,368, a ratio of 1,044 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 16th in the world and 3rd in Wysteria for Most Avoided, scoring 7,105.93 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thHighest Economic Output: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thMost Avoided: 16thMost Armed: 17thMost Efficient Economies: 17thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thLargest Gambling Industry: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21stLargest Insurance Industry: 22ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 25thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 31stMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rdLargest Populations: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 37thFattest Citizens: 41stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thMost Secular: 63rdHighest Crime Rates: 108thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 111thSmartest Citizens: 126thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 137thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 157thMost Corrupt Governments: 205thLargest Retail Industry: 245thLargest Publishing Industry: 299thRudest Citizens: 318thMost Valuable International Artwork: 391stLargest Information Technology Sector: 425thMost Cultured: 523rdTop
Largest Governments: 2,505thLargest Black Market: 4,232ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,216thMost Influential: 6,183rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,103rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,392ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,953rdTop
Most Pro-Market: 15,218th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the region

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