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Ponderosa

Population17.208 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 renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, rampant corporate plagiarism, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 17.208 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, with Education also on the agenda, 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 5,843 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 339,561 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,563,071 per year while the poor average 44,674, a ratio of 35.0 to 1.

Couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best, card collectors duel to the death, and travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Ponderosa flights to avoid the pay lavatories. 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 1,312th in the world and 1st in Wintreath for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 69.96 Whatever.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 145thHighest Crime Rates: 147thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 151stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 152ndMost Armed: 164thFattest Citizens: 181stRudest Citizens: 189thMost Valuable International Artwork: 225thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 253rdMost Avoided: 294thLargest Retail Industry: 305thLargest Gambling Industry: 378thHighest Disposable Incomes: 450thMost Rebellious Youth: 493rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 873rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 873rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,092ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,312thHighest Average Incomes: 1,413thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,510thLargest Mining Sector: 1,519thHighest Economic Output: 1,572ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,682ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,845thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,948thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,651stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,103rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,374thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,919thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,446thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,629thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,592ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,551stSmartest Citizens: 8,186thMost Secular: 11,297thLargest Populations: 11,803rdTop
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Nudest: 12,425thLargest Black Market: 13,472ndMost Inclusive: 16,455thHighest Drug Use: 18,806thMost Pro-Market: 19,067thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,370thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,452ndMost Influential: 22,937thMost Cultured: 22,994th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 18th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionMost Politically Free: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 29th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 29th in the region

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