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Ponderosa

Population15.834 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 15.834 billion Ponderosans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Santa Fe. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ponderosan economy, worth a remarkable 5,375 trillion Ponderosa dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 339,486 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,559,153 per year while the poor average 44,852, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

The government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, the morbidly obese often sell stock options on their own corpses, and write-in candidate 'President Walker Sucks' is perennially popular. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ponderosa's national animal is the Osprey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ponderosa is ranked 180,344th in the world and 338th in Wintreath for Most Average, scoring 21.44 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 145thHighest Crime Rates: 145thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 152ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 160thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 160thMost Armed: 162ndRudest Citizens: 169thFattest Citizens: 174thLargest Retail Industry: 248thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 252ndMost Avoided: 298thLargest Gambling Industry: 394thHighest Disposable Incomes: 453rdMost Rebellious Youth: 495thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 923rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,055thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,103rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,182ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,329thLargest Mining Sector: 1,394thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,426thHighest Economic Output: 1,610thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,619thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,757thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,928thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,353rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,854thMost Efficient Economies: 3,056thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,691stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,853rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,182ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,764thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,799thSmartest Citizens: 7,727thTop
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Most Secular: 10,556thNudest: 11,096thLargest Black Market: 11,275thLargest Populations: 11,842ndMost Pro-Market: 15,103rdHighest Drug Use: 15,295thMost Inclusive: 15,748thMost Stationary: 17,251stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,406thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,778th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 18th in the regionMost Extreme: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionNudest: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionMost Politically Free: 22nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 31st in the region

National Happenings

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  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest and Largest Black Market.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector, the Top 5% for Largest Populations, and the Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, write-in candidate 'President Walker Sucks' is perennially popular.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market and the Top 10% for Most Influential.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular and Nudest and the Top 10% for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.

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