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Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the South Pacific

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Pterodoria

Population14.28 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone
FaithBusiness

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Someone with an iron fist, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 14.28 billion Pterodorians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pterodoria City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pterodorian economy, worth a remarkable 8,300 trillion Pteralurias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 581,249 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,444,338 per year while the poor average 5,228, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Kids who move from attending a public school in the city to the country often struggle in goat milking class, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's, urban high-volume mailers now receive their mail via chauffeur-driven limousines, and anti-government web sites are springing up. 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. Pterodoria's national animal is the Pterodactyl, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Business.

Pterodoria is ranked 232,555th in the world and 7,709th in the South Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2.01 Tourists Per Hour.

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Most Armed: 7thHighest Crime Rates: 7thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13thFattest Citizens: 14thLargest Gambling Industry: 17thLargest Retail Industry: 19thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 32ndMost Avoided: 40thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 61stHighest Disposable Incomes: 64thMost Rebellious Youth: 100thRudest Citizens: 102ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 103rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 116thHighest Average Incomes: 167thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 174thMost Corrupt Governments: 181stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 203rdLargest Insurance Industry: 231stMost Efficient Economies: 314thLargest Mining Sector: 317thMost Scientifically Advanced: 570thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 600thHighest Economic Output: 701stLargest Agricultural Sector: 724thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,099thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,526thMost Secular: 1,767thTop
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Most Cultured: 2,348thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,501stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,548thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,027thLargest Black Market: 10,799thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 14,561stLargest Populations: 16,886thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,160th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 37th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionMost Secular: 61st in the regionMost Cultured: 67th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 92nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 115th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 160th in the regionLargest Populations: 188th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 192nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 325th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 540th in the regionNudest: 706th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, urban high-volume mailers now receive their mail via chauffeur-driven limousines.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, kids who move from attending a public school in the city to the country often struggle in goat milking class.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the children of Pterodoria are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, playing an online nation simulation game legally obliges you to buy the creator's latest novel.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.

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