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The Grendels

Population39.941 billion

LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 39.941 billion Grendels are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hackleburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Grendelsian economy, worth an astonishing 37,251 trillion Golden Bonds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 932,654 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,737,479 per year while the poor average 8,368, a ratio of 1,044 to 1.

Just as students finish their homework it's time for school, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural The Grendels, and only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Grendels's national animal is the the Dire Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Grendels is ranked 245,729th in the world and 67th in Wysteria for Most Primitive, scoring -1355.49 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thHighest Economic Output: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thMost Avoided: 18thMost Armed: 19thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thMost Efficient Economies: 20thLargest Gambling Industry: 21stLargest Insurance Industry: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34thLargest Populations: 35thLargest Mining Sector: 39thMost Scientifically Advanced: 41stFattest Citizens: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 63rdMost Secular: 96thHighest Crime Rates: 108thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 115thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 121stSmartest Citizens: 162ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 216thMost Corrupt Governments: 226thLargest Publishing Industry: 301stLargest Retail Industry: 315thRudest Citizens: 357thLargest Information Technology Sector: 489thMost Cultured: 564thMost Valuable International Artwork: 692ndTop
Largest Governments: 2,702ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,389thLargest Black Market: 5,534thMost Influential: 7,069thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,570thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,090thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,617thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,319thMost Pro-Market: 19,813thMost Stationary: 20,202nd
Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the region

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