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Highest Crime Rates: 5thMost Armed: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th
The PS2 Puppet of
Capitalist Paradise Corporate Slave State
Stop reading my motto!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population14.785 billion

CapitalPterodoria City


The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Someone with an even hand, and notable for its vat-grown people, complete lack of public education, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 14.785 billion Pterodorians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

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 8,776 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 593,587 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,559,923 per year while the poor average 5,338, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, a PhD just ain't what it used to be, Someone can be seen doing doughnuts in a new Rambogini, and sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon. 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, and its national religion is Business.

Pterodoria is ranked 245,634th in the world and 7,973rd in the South Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 0.52 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Highest Crime Rates: 5thMost Armed: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thFattest Citizens: 15thLargest Gambling Industry: 16thLargest Retail Industry: 18thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 29thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29thMost Avoided: 37thRudest Citizens: 49thHighest Disposable Incomes: 58thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 64thMost Rebellious Youth: 89thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 98thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 110thHighest Average Incomes: 147thMost Corrupt Governments: 166thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 167thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 193rdLargest Insurance Industry: 194thMost Efficient Economies: 258thLargest Mining Sector: 273rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 511thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 582ndHighest Economic Output: 642ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 752ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,159thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,416thMost Cultured: 1,910thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,293rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,322ndMost Secular: 3,413thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,024thLargest Black Market: 11,166thTop
Most Pro-Market: 16,780thLargest Populations: 16,812thHighest Drug Use: 20,008thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,241stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22,552nd
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 36th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 43rd in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 89th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 109th in the regionMost Secular: 113th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 189th in the regionLargest Populations: 190th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 195th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 283rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 384th in the regionTop
Nudest: 458th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 722nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, Someone can be seen doing doughnuts in a new Rambogini.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, a PhD just ain't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, Someone's opponents have adopted dogs to chase away the mailman.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, it's not mass murder when the government does it.


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