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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4th Highest Economic Output: 6th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Market Report Editor
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, avant-garde cinema, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 31.284 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 28,724 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 918,186 Golden Bonds, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,868,788 per year while the poor average 58,877, a ratio of 99.7 to 1.

Many marriages go virtually unconsummated, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts, and citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins. 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 49th in the world and 1st in Wysteria for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 20,805.13 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Economic Output: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thMost Avoided: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thHighest Average Incomes: 10thLargest Gambling Industry: 12thMost Secular: 12thMost Armed: 15thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17thLargest Insurance Industry: 18thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20thLargest Retail Industry: 20thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20thFattest Citizens: 21stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Populations: 31stLargest Mining Sector: 32ndRudest Citizens: 45thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 49thSmartest Citizens: 56thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 61stLargest Agricultural Sector: 64thHighest Crime Rates: 81stMost Corrupt Governments: 91stLargest Information Technology Sector: 92ndMost Efficient Economies: 131stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 158thLargest Publishing Industry: 265thMost Cultured: 327thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,943rdLargest Governments: 2,113thMost Influential: 4,077thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,694thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,944thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,622ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,837thMost Pro-Market: 7,634th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • : The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, prison libraries are being replaced with interrogation chambers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, wildlife near farms is slowly becoming extinct.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grendels, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Golden Bond charge on their phone bill.

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