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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd Highest Disposable Incomes: 4th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th
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The Grendels

Population35.039 billion

CapitalHackleburg
LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, enslaved workforce, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 35.039 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 32,220 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 919,571 Golden Bonds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,292,045 per year while the poor average 117,932, a ratio of 36.4 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 161,564th in the world and 82nd in Wysteria for Nicest Citizens, with 0.03 Average Smiles Per Day.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Avoided: 10thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 13thMost Armed: 14thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thLargest Gambling Industry: 19thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21stMost Scientifically Advanced: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22ndLargest Insurance Industry: 23rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 24thFattest Citizens: 31stMost Secular: 32ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36thLargest Populations: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 39thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 42ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 66thLargest Agricultural Sector: 80thSmartest Citizens: 85thHighest Crime Rates: 86thMost Efficient Economies: 121stLargest Retail Industry: 124thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 129thMost Corrupt Governments: 160thRudest Citizens: 188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 262ndLargest Publishing Industry: 278thMost Cultured: 470thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,288thLargest Black Market: 2,482ndMost Influential: 5,325thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,542ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,677thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,889thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,676thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 8,408thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,050th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the region

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