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Highest Crime Rates: 124th Most Armed: 127th Rudest Citizens: 137th
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Ponderosa

Population14.087 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 remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 14.087 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 Environment and Welfare not funded at all. 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 4,716 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 334,815 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,520,304 per year while the poor average 45,160, a ratio of 33.7 to 1.

President Walker's recent "I have a dream that we will fight them by raking muck on the beaches" speech seems a little derivative to many, hammering a nail into a wall is an effective death sentence, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, and the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers. 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 39,236th in the world and 126th in Wintreath for Most Developed, scoring 61.4 on the Human Development Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 124thMost Armed: 127thRudest Citizens: 137thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 137thFattest Citizens: 157thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 161stLargest Retail Industry: 199thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 240thMost Avoided: 280thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 307thLargest Gambling Industry: 396thHighest Disposable Incomes: 429thMost Rebellious Youth: 475thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 513thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 881stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,040thHighest Average Incomes: 1,086thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,119thLargest Mining Sector: 1,236thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,331stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,345thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,440thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,540thHighest Economic Output: 1,666thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,071stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,320thMost Efficient Economies: 2,465thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,472ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,987thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,692ndSmartest Citizens: 7,350thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 8,509thLargest Black Market: 8,914thMost Secular: 9,003rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,357thMost Pro-Market: 9,609thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,832ndMost Politically Free: 11,709thLargest Populations: 12,137thNudest: 12,433rdMost Inclusive: 15,027thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,192ndMost Extreme: 15,726thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,069th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 28th in the regionMost Secular: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, hammering a nail into a wall is an effective death sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, President Walker's recent "I have a dream that we will fight them by raking muck on the beaches" speech seems a little derivative to many.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, political detractors refer to President Walker as 'that Bigtopian puppet'.

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