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The Community of Pondhaven

“The sea provides.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Pondhaven

Population162 million

CurrencyShelling
AnimalSea Turtle

The Community of Pondhaven is a very large, safe nation, remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-working population of 162 million Pondivians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 28.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Pondhavenian economy, worth 13.6 trillion Shellings a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Gambling, and Book Publishing. Average income is 83,756 Shellings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall, rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million Shellings of property damage, a new guerrilla marketing campaign for tap water involves government agents spraying random citizens with hose water, and education is transforming people into first-rate snobs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pondhaven's national animal is the Sea Turtle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Pondhaven is ranked 32,154th in the world and 1,058th in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 5,491.62 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,051stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,820thTop
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Most Average: 12,857thMost Influential: 16,194th
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Most Average: 157th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 176th in the regionTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 654th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 655th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 668th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 669th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pondhaven was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, education is transforming people into first-rate snobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, a new guerrilla marketing campaign for tap water involves government agents spraying random citizens with hose water.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million Shellings of property damage.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, sleeping on the job is recommended.
  • : Pondhaven was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Pondhaven was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Phanama.
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, liberals and conservatives try to disqualify each other's candidates on the grounds that "their ideas would never work in the real world".
  • : Following new legislation in Pondhaven, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.

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