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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

Population39.788 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 notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 39.788 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 6,380 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 207,758th in the world and 60th in Wysteria for Most Politically Free, scoring 17.67 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Populations: 16thMost Cheerful Citizens: 280thLargest Gambling Industry: 404thHighest Economic Output: 1,267thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,344thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,404thMost Stationary: 1,481stHighest Crime Rates: 1,632ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,218thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,660thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,940thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,785thMost Avoided: 5,117thFattest Citizens: 6,902ndMost Secular: 8,423rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,644thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,004thMost Armed: 9,400thMost Influential: 10,035thSmartest Citizens: 10,478thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,712thNudest: 11,975thHighest Average Incomes: 12,050thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 13,545thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,709thHighest Drug Use: 16,424thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,300thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,396thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,091stMost Pro-Market: 18,163rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,980thBest Weather: 19,011th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the region

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