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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Grendels

Population40.525 billion

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 remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, unlimited-speed roads, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 40.525 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 37,795 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 8,737,483 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 215,606th in the world and 72nd in Wysteria for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -160.9 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thHighest Economic Output: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thHighest Average Incomes: 19thMost Avoided: 20thLargest Gambling Industry: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 21stMost Efficient Economies: 22ndMost Armed: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 29thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 33rdLargest Populations: 35thLargest Mining Sector: 39thMost Scientifically Advanced: 44thFattest Citizens: 48thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 70thMost Secular: 103rdHighest Crime Rates: 115thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 115thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 116thSmartest Citizens: 165thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 231stMost Corrupt Governments: 236thLargest Publishing Industry: 317thLargest Retail Industry: 356thRudest Citizens: 377thLargest Information Technology Sector: 497thMost Cultured: 566thMost Valuable International Artwork: 765thTop
Largest Governments: 2,764thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,265thLargest Black Market: 5,652ndMost Influential: 6,922ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,080thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,347thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,522ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 14,739thMost Pro-Market: 17,808thMost Stationary: 18,767th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the region

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