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The Free Republic of Ponderosa

“Live Free”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Wintreath



Population15.644 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, complete lack of prisons, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 15.644 billion Ponderosans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Santa Fe. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ponderosan economy, worth a remarkable 5,310 trillion Ponderosa dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 339,486 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,559,153 per year while the poor average 44,852, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

The government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, the morbidly obese often sell stock options on their own corpses, and write-in candidate 'President Walker Sucks' is perennially popular. 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. Ponderosa's national animal is the Osprey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ponderosa is ranked 209,357th in the world and 421st in Wintreath for Safest, scoring 1.98 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 139thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 146thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 147thMost Valuable International Artwork: 148thMost Armed: 160thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 160thRudest Citizens: 162ndFattest Citizens: 171stLargest Retail Industry: 243rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 258thMost Avoided: 296thLargest Gambling Industry: 394thHighest Disposable Incomes: 453rdMost Rebellious Youth: 490thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 913thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,066thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,100thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,170thHighest Average Incomes: 1,321stLargest Mining Sector: 1,365thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,438thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,584thHighest Economic Output: 1,611thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,757thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,899thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,417thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,872ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,050thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,687thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,911thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,193rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,471stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,778thSmartest Citizens: 7,701stMost Secular: 10,452ndTop
Nudest: 10,922ndLargest Black Market: 10,988thLargest Populations: 11,853rdMost Pro-Market: 14,440thHighest Drug Use: 14,740thMost Inclusive: 15,619thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,413thMost Stationary: 17,518thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,240th
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionMost Extreme: 20th in the regionNudest: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Politically Free: 26th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest and Largest Black Market.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector, the Top 5% for Largest Populations, and the Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, write-in candidate 'President Walker Sucks' is perennially popular.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market and the Top 10% for Most Influential.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular and Nudest and the Top 10% for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.


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