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The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the South Pacific

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Pterodoria

Population14.814 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone
FaithBusiness

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Someone with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, infamous sell-swords, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 14.814 billion Pterodorians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business 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 8,810 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 594,747 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,570,790 per year while the poor average 5,349, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, the weather in Pterodoria City is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings', and people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned. 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 9th in the world and 1st in the South Pacific for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 147.68 Whatever.

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Highest Crime Rates: 5thMost Armed: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12thFattest Citizens: 13thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thLargest Gambling Industry: 16thLargest Retail Industry: 18thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 29thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29thMost Avoided: 38thRudest Citizens: 46thHighest Disposable Incomes: 58thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 63rdMost Rebellious Youth: 90thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 99thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 109thHighest Average Incomes: 147thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 161stMost Corrupt Governments: 167thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 189thLargest Insurance Industry: 194thMost Efficient Economies: 252ndLargest Mining Sector: 275thMost Scientifically Advanced: 506thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 572ndHighest Economic Output: 638thLargest Agricultural Sector: 756thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,134thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,413thMost Cultured: 1,849thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,285thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,289thMost Secular: 3,409thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,018thLargest Black Market: 11,175thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 16,589thLargest Populations: 16,804thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,602ndHighest Drug Use: 19,818thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22,378th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42nd in the regionMost Cultured: 52nd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 88th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 109th in the regionMost Secular: 114th in the regionLargest Populations: 190th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 190th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 190th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 258th in the regionLargest Black Market: 387th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 446th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 702nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the weather in Pterodoria City is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, new urban roads are threatening city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, drawing men's naughty bits isn't considered to be art.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, adult unemployment is rising as available jobs are filled by young children.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, card collectors duel to the death.

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