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

Population43.168 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 remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 43.168 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 40,260 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 36,163rd in the world and 33rd in Wysteria for Most Developed, scoring 73.61 on the Human Development Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Economic Output: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18thLargest Insurance Industry: 18thLargest Gambling Industry: 19thHighest Average Incomes: 20thMost Avoided: 23rdMost Armed: 25thLargest Populations: 28thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 29thMost Efficient Economies: 32ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 33rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34thLargest Mining Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50thFattest Citizens: 52ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 61stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 85thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 117thHighest Crime Rates: 125thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 126thMost Secular: 128thSmartest Citizens: 203rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 261stMost Corrupt Governments: 265thLargest Publishing Industry: 319thLargest Retail Industry: 440thRudest Citizens: 443rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 550thMost Cultured: 611thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,381stTop
Largest Governments: 3,089thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,055thLargest Black Market: 5,823rdMost Influential: 7,300thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,402ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,407thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,093rdTop
Most Stationary: 15,340thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,648th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the region

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