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Highest Crime Rates: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11thMost Armed: 11th
The PS2 Puppet of
Benevolent Dictatorship Temporary Liberal State of Emergency
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Pterodoria

Population13.312 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Someone with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.312 billion Pterodorians 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, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pterodoria City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pterodorian economy, worth a remarkable 7,376 trillion Pteralurias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 554,125 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,190,253 per year while the poor average 4,984, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space, forecasts predict rains of loose lead and mortar shells for the next six weeks, young people devote their entire lives to the faith, and schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention. 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. Pterodoria's national animal is the Pterodactyl, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pterodoria is ranked 204,910th in the world and 7,585th in the South Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 10.09 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Highest Crime Rates: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11thMost Armed: 11thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18thLargest Gambling Industry: 19thFattest Citizens: 20thLargest Retail Industry: 21stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 39thMost Avoided: 45thRudest Citizens: 66thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 66thHighest Disposable Incomes: 74thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 104thMost Rebellious Youth: 110thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 132ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 186thHighest Average Incomes: 187thMost Corrupt Governments: 210thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 224thLargest Insurance Industry: 231stLargest Mining Sector: 326thMost Efficient Economies: 491stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 645thMost Scientifically Advanced: 739thHighest Economic Output: 842ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 924thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,043rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,645thTop
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Most Cultured: 3,004thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,201stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,945thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,283rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,083rdLargest Black Market: 9,882ndTop
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Most Pro-Market: 11,802ndHighest Drug Use: 14,158thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,193rdLargest Populations: 17,338thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,892nd
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 26th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 37th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 87th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 112th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 118th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 131st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 153rd in the regionLargest Populations: 193rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 205th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 222nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 285th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 455th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 572nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, young people devote their entire lives to the faith.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, forecasts predict rains of loose lead and mortar shells for the next six weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the elderly don't know who the dickens adorns the face of newly-issued banknotes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, labour strikes are routinely squashed by police.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, professional athletes can't see balls amid the deluge of advertisements.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, ports have ground to a halt as no boat can reach them without trespassing.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.

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