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The PS2 Puppet of Pallidonia

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: The North Pacific



Population10.364 billion


The PS2 Puppet of Pallidonia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.364 billion Pallidonians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Law & Order and Environment not funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pallidonian economy, worth a remarkable 3,086 trillion Horses 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 Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 297,781 Horses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,887,181 per year while the poor average 1,481, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, and everybody's got wood thanks to Leader. 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. Pallidonia's national animal is the Dollar, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pallidonia is ranked 1,728th in the world and 70th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 10,083.44 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14thHighest Crime Rates: 15thRudest Citizens: 17thLargest Retail Industry: 18thMost Armed: 19thLargest Gambling Industry: 31stFattest Citizens: 71stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 87thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 103rdMost Rebellious Youth: 116thMost Avoided: 122ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 137thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 142ndMost Extreme: 166thMost Ignorant Citizens: 178thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 232ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 632ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 884thHighest Drug Use: 1,023rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,282ndMost Pro-Market: 1,431stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,432ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,510thHighest Average Incomes: 1,671stTop
Most Politically Free: 1,713thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,728thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,568thHighest Economic Output: 3,336thMost Efficient Economies: 4,170thMost Cultured: 5,696thNudest: 5,965thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,390thMost Devout: 7,818thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 9,160thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,798thLargest Black Market: 10,977thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,154thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,811th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 35th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 38th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 70th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 70th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 90th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 98th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 119th in the regionNudest: 190th in the regionMost Cultured: 289th in the regionLargest Black Market: 295th in the regionMost Devout: 319th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 324th in the regionLargest Populations: 387th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 428th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 433rd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 511th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 729th in the region

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