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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Grendels

Population45.296 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 anti-smoking policies, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 45.296 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 42,245 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 932,655 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,737,488 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 21st in the world and 2nd in Wysteria for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 37,302.39 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16thLargest Insurance Industry: 17thLargest Populations: 18thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21stHighest Average Incomes: 22ndLargest Gambling Industry: 23rdMost Avoided: 27thMost Armed: 28thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 31stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 32ndMost Efficient Economies: 35thLargest Agricultural Sector: 39thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 47thLargest Mining Sector: 48thFattest Citizens: 60thMost Scientifically Advanced: 75thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 93rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 114thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 136thHighest Crime Rates: 142ndMost Secular: 161stSmartest Citizens: 225thMost Corrupt Governments: 288thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 292ndLargest Publishing Industry: 353rdRudest Citizens: 531stLargest Retail Industry: 550thLargest Information Technology Sector: 653rdMost Cultured: 763rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 795thTop
Largest Governments: 3,312thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,035thMost Influential: 7,055thLargest Black Market: 8,457thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,626thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,907thMost Stationary: 13,283rdMost Subsidized Industry: 13,677thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,220th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • : The Grendels's influence in Wysteria rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Grendels banned Averengian republic from Wysteria.
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Grendels was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Governments.