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The Free Republic of Ponderosa

“Live Free”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Wintreath

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Ponderosa

Population13.781 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 13.781 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, although Education is also considered important, 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 4,610 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 334,522 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,637,530 per year while the poor average 39,203, a ratio of 41.8 to 1.

It's rumored that Marche Noire knows what the nation's generals eat for breakfast, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Ospreys and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, and Ponderosans refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns. 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 150,793rd in the world and 316th in Wintreath for Longest Average Lifespans, with 22.84 Years.

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Highest Crime Rates: 122ndMost Armed: 125thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 134thRudest Citizens: 146thFattest Citizens: 160thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 161stLargest Retail Industry: 193rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 243rdMost Avoided: 281stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 315thLargest Gambling Industry: 410thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 422ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 431stMost Rebellious Youth: 475thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 900thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 983rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,090thHighest Average Incomes: 1,102ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,233rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,337thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,342ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,391stTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,703rdHighest Economic Output: 1,711thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,060thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,226thMost Efficient Economies: 2,444thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,299thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,845thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,666thSmartest Citizens: 7,152ndTop
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Highest Drug Use: 7,777thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,506thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,640thLargest Black Market: 8,707thMost Secular: 8,818thMost Pro-Market: 8,990thNudest: 11,684thLargest Populations: 12,267thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,324th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 16th in the regionMost Extreme: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionMost Politically Free: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, Ponderosans refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Ospreys and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, it's rumored that Marche Noire knows what the nation's generals eat for breakfast.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, politicians are fired for opening subjective statements with "I believe".
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, mouldy bread is served as an appetizer in many restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the police have been reduced to using duct tape instead of handcuffs following further cutbacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon.

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