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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels

“The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Wysteria


The Grendels

Population35.044 billion

LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 35.044 billion Grendels 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, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hackleburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Grendelsian economy, worth an astonishing 32,225 trillion Golden Bonds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 919,571 Golden Bonds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,292,045 per year while the poor average 117,932, a ratio of 36.4 to 1.

Just as students finish their homework it's time for school, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural The Grendels, and only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Grendels's national animal is the the Dire Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Grendels is ranked 42nd in the world and 1st in Wysteria for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 20,839.92 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thHighest Economic Output: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thMost Avoided: 10thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 13thMost Armed: 14thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thLargest Gambling Industry: 19thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22ndLargest Insurance Industry: 23rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 24thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25thFattest Citizens: 31stMost Secular: 32ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36thLargest Populations: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 39thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 42ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 67thLargest Agricultural Sector: 80thHighest Crime Rates: 86thSmartest Citizens: 86thMost Efficient Economies: 121stLargest Retail Industry: 123rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 129thMost Corrupt Governments: 159thRudest Citizens: 192ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 262ndLargest Publishing Industry: 277thMost Cultured: 471stTop
Largest Governments: 2,291stLargest Black Market: 2,481stMost Influential: 5,334thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,531stMost Rebellious Youth: 5,672ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,910thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,666thTop
Most Pro-Market: 8,439thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,076th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the region

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