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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:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Wysteria

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The Grendels

Population46.204 billion

CapitalHackleburg
LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, flagrant waste-dumping, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 46.204 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 43,092 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 932,655 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,737,488 per year while the poor average 8,368, a ratio of 1,044 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 24th in the world and 3rd in Wysteria for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 68,860.8 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7thHighest Economic Output: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17thLargest Populations: 17thLargest Insurance Industry: 18thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rdHighest Average Incomes: 24thLargest Gambling Industry: 24thMost Avoided: 29thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 32ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34thMost Armed: 36thMost Efficient Economies: 40thLargest Agricultural Sector: 44thLargest Mining Sector: 48thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thFattest Citizens: 61stMost Scientifically Advanced: 86thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 98thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 108thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 145thHighest Crime Rates: 145thMost Secular: 168thSmartest Citizens: 242ndMost Corrupt Governments: 311thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 311thLargest Publishing Industry: 384thLargest Retail Industry: 561stRudest Citizens: 593rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 704thMost Cultured: 826thMost Valuable International Artwork: 957thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,443rdMost Rebellious Youth: 5,059thMost Influential: 6,679thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,885thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,140thLargest Black Market: 9,658thMost Stationary: 12,358thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,035thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 16,237th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the region

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