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The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: the South Pacific

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Population13.593 billion

CapitalPterodoria City


The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Someone with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, ritual sacrifices, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 13.593 billion Pterodorians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

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 7,623 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 560,855 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,253,303 per year while the poor average 5,045, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago, the "right of sanctuary" stops police pursuit into temples and churches, the booming slave trade is now government-funded, and tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set. 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.

Pterodoria is ranked 207,100th in the world and 8,186th in the South Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 5,045.03 Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Crime Rates: 8thMost Armed: 10thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11thRudest Citizens: 12thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18thLargest Gambling Industry: 19thFattest Citizens: 21stLargest Retail Industry: 21stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 39thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 40thMost Avoided: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 68thHighest Disposable Incomes: 76thMost Rebellious Youth: 101stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 105thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 129thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 185thHighest Average Incomes: 185thMost Corrupt Governments: 205thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 224thLargest Insurance Industry: 237thLargest Mining Sector: 326thMost Efficient Economies: 437thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 621stMost Scientifically Advanced: 711thHighest Economic Output: 789thLargest Agricultural Sector: 911thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,175thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,618thTop
Most Cultured: 2,650thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,846thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,881stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,055thLargest Black Market: 10,204thTop
Most Pro-Market: 15,342ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,496thLargest Populations: 17,168thHighest Drug Use: 18,212thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,014th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 24th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 41st in the regionMost Cultured: 72nd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 96th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 124th in the regionLargest Populations: 194th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 217th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 229th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 303rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 303rd in the regionTop
Nudest: 483rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 830th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the booming slave trade is now government-funded.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the "right of sanctuary" stops police pursuit into temples and churches.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, chickens roam the streets freely.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, royals are always ready with their diamond-encrusted toilet plungers in case a royal flush doesn't work.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Someone.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, a PhD just ain't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, people often complain that they're going in circuitous routes all the time.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, a the South Pacific Tourist Association survey has rated Pterodoria #1 for number twos.


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