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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Grendels

Population39.669 billion

LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and deadly medical pandemics. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 39.669 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 36,997 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 217,485th in the world and 68th in Wysteria for Most Politically Free, scoring 12.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6thHighest Economic Output: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thMost Avoided: 18thMost Efficient Economies: 19thMost Armed: 19thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20thLargest Gambling Industry: 21stLargest Insurance Industry: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 27thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 33rdLargest Populations: 35thLargest Mining Sector: 38thMost Scientifically Advanced: 40thFattest Citizens: 47thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 53rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 60thMost Secular: 97thHighest Crime Rates: 110thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 118thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 129thSmartest Citizens: 157thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 199thMost Corrupt Governments: 229thLargest Publishing Industry: 303rdLargest Retail Industry: 312thRudest Citizens: 361stLargest Information Technology Sector: 477thMost Cultured: 552ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 647thTop
Largest Governments: 2,665thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,291stLargest Black Market: 5,362ndMost Influential: 6,996thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,456thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,036thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,485thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,566thMost Pro-Market: 19,813thMost Stationary: 20,580th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the region

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