by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 16thMost Cheerful Citizens: 289thLargest Gambling Industry: 391st
The Grand Imperial Province of
Benevolent Dictatorship Temporary Liberal State of Emergency
Pseudaletia Unipuncta
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population40.018 billion


Currencyrobot point
Animalarmy worm

The Grand Imperial Province of Pendulous is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Wrinkl with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 40.018 billion Pendulousians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.6%.

The very strong Pendulousian economy, worth a remarkable 6,417 trillion robot points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 160,369 robot points, with the richest citizens earning 8.9 times as much as the poorest.

Bombs are permitted on planes for the 'security of the passengers', the government is pursuing a new programme aimed at promoting cultural sophistication, most citizens in Pendulous are abject pyrophobes after extremely graphic pamphlets were mailed nationwide by the government, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. Crime is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Pendulous's national animal is the army worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pendulous is ranked 62,925th in the world and 30th in Wysteria for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 4,018.06 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Populations: 16thMost Cheerful Citizens: 289thLargest Gambling Industry: 391stHighest Economic Output: 1,268thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,342ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,469thMost Stationary: 1,476thHighest Crime Rates: 1,655thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,221stTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,658thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,943rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,781stMost Avoided: 5,103rdFattest Citizens: 6,928thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,531stMost Secular: 8,548thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,037thMost Armed: 10,029thMost Influential: 10,083rdSmartest Citizens: 10,560thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,955thHighest Average Incomes: 12,143rdNudest: 12,242ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 13,696thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,771stHighest Drug Use: 16,271stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,006thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,362ndMost Pro-Market: 18,024thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,473rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,735thBest Weather: 20,531st
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 7th in the region

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