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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 204thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 433rdFattest Citizens: 550th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Ours is the fury
God-Emperor Bulluk XIV
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Pontusia

Population7.497 billion

CapitalLambgrad
LeaderGod-Emperor Bulluk XIV
FaithZoroastrianism

CurrencyShekel
AnimalHoly Banana Lord

The Empire of Pontusia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by God-Emperor Bulluk XIV with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.497 billion Pontusians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lambgrad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Pontusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,735 trillion Shekels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 231,528 Shekels, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,140,470 per year while the poor average 2,443, a ratio of 876 to 1.

Black tea is only available on the black market, money grows on trees, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink, and euthanasia is legal. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Pontusia's national animal is the Holy Banana Lord, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Zoroastrianism.

Pontusia is ranked 201,579th in the world and 188th in New Western Empire for Lowest Crime Rates, with 54.4 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 204thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 433rdFattest Citizens: 550thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 582ndMost Avoided: 927thLargest Retail Industry: 969thLargest Gambling Industry: 972ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,074thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,271stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,374thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,783rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,131stMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,281stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,513thLargest Mining Sector: 2,751stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,800thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,929thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,932ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,062ndRudest Citizens: 3,186thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,233rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,350thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,470thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,006thMost Efficient Economies: 8,070thHighest Economic Output: 9,900thMost Influential: 10,039thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,889thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,525thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,614thMost Pro-Market: 17,532ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,947thMost Conservative: 18,970thLargest Black Market: 22,963rdLargest Governments: 23,014th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Conservative: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, euthanasia is legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, money grows on trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, black tea is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, students at universities think exercise bikes are pieces of abstract art.
  • : Pontusia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Long-Term Storage Of Produced Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, neighbourhood gossips whip up controversy about those receiving adult merchandise.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, luxury condos have arisen from the ashes of demolished houses of worship.
  • : Following new legislation in Pontusia, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.
  • : Pontusia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kelssek".

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