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The Grand Imperial Province of Pendulous

“Pseudaletia Unipuncta”

Category: Benevolent Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Wysteria

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Pendulous

Population39.199 billion

LeaderWrinkl

Currencyrobot point
Animalarmy worm

The Grand Imperial Province of Pendulous is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Wrinkl with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, frequent executions, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 39.199 billion Pendulousians 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, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.6%.

The very strong Pendulousian economy, worth a remarkable 6,286 trillion robot points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 160,369 robot points, with the richest citizens earning 8.9 times as much as the poorest.

Bombs are permitted on planes for the 'security of the passengers', the government is pursuing a new programme aimed at promoting cultural sophistication, most citizens in Pendulous are abject pyrophobes after extremely graphic pamphlets were mailed nationwide by the government, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. Crime is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Pendulous's national animal is the army worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pendulous is ranked 24,980th in the world and 30th in Wysteria for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 11,451.47 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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Largest Populations: 15thMost Cheerful Citizens: 292ndLargest Gambling Industry: 400thHighest Economic Output: 1,224thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,350thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,355thMost Stationary: 1,520thHighest Crime Rates: 1,576thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,241stTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,644thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,864thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,728thMost Avoided: 4,924thFattest Citizens: 6,732ndMost Secular: 8,462ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,579thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,594thMost Armed: 8,855thMost Influential: 10,082ndSmartest Citizens: 10,327thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,631stTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 11,849thNudest: 12,002ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,510thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,741stHighest Drug Use: 15,496thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,627thMost Pro-Market: 16,916thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,946thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,167thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,721stBest Weather: 19,124th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the region

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