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The Eternal Misfortune of Pterodoria

“Stop Reading My Motto!”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Pencil Sharpeners Puppet Storage

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Pterodoria

Population20.993 billion

CapitalPterodoria City
LeaderSomeone
FaithBusiness

CurrencyPteraluria
AnimalPterodactyl

The Eternal Misfortune of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Someone with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.993 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 dominated by the Department of Industry, with Defense also on the agenda, while Environment and Law & Order receive no funds. 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 an astonishing 15,583 trillion Pteralurias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 742,313 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,953,224 per year while the poor average 6,673, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Pterodactyls and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens, and Jennifer Government is a bestseller. 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 13th in the world and 2nd in Pencil Sharpeners Puppet Storage for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 77,426.37 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2ndMost Armed: 3rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6thMost Avoided: 6thHighest Drug Use: 7thRudest Citizens: 7thFattest Citizens: 8thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11thLargest Gambling Industry: 13thLargest Retail Industry: 15thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17thHighest Disposable Incomes: 24thMost Efficient Economies: 37thMost Rebellious Youth: 45thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 53rdMost Corrupt Governments: 66thHighest Average Incomes: 79thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 85thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 100thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 105thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 116thLargest Insurance Industry: 130thMost Scientifically Advanced: 191stLargest Mining Sector: 212thHighest Economic Output: 286thLargest Agricultural Sector: 328thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 425thMost Cultured: 505thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 635thMost Secular: 1,003rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,641stMost Pro-Market: 1,693rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,771stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,949thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,125thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,864thSmartest Citizens: 5,825thLargest Governments: 6,798thLargest Populations: 14,457thTop
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Largest Black Market: 17,637thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,656th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, Jennifer Government is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Pterodactyls and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the newest shade developed by Pterodoria's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, patriotic citizens simply tend to applaud rather than sing the nation's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing.

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