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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 Grendels

Population32.866 billion

CapitalHackleburg
LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, public floggings, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 32.866 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 30,208 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 919,154 Golden Bonds, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,972,352 per year while the poor average 87,901, a ratio of 56.6 to 1.

A stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, hit TV show 'The eXecution Factor' is a critical success, and Grendels caught jaywalking often have their houses seized by the police. 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 168,930th in the world and 92nd in Wysteria for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 5.24 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndHighest Economic Output: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9thMost Avoided: 10thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12thHighest Average Incomes: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 16thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17thMost Secular: 18thMost Armed: 18thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23rdFattest Citizens: 24thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25thLargest Populations: 33rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 35thLargest Mining Sector: 37thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 43rdLargest Retail Industry: 47thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 58thSmartest Citizens: 63rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 77thHighest Crime Rates: 83rdRudest Citizens: 90thMost Corrupt Governments: 117thMost Efficient Economies: 129thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 149thLargest Information Technology Sector: 160thLargest Publishing Industry: 273rdMost Cultured: 385thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,096thLargest Black Market: 2,253rdMost Influential: 4,398thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,928thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,115thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,691stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,372ndMost Pro-Market: 7,499thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 11,325th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the region

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