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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: Apprentice

Location: Wysteria

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The Grendels

Population35.379 billion

CapitalHackleburg
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 smutty television, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 35.379 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 32,533 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 162,050th in the world and 72nd in Wysteria for Most Income Equality, scoring 2.75 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thHighest Economic Output: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thMost Avoided: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 13thMost Armed: 14thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15thLargest Gambling Industry: 17thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 22ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 27thFattest Citizens: 32ndMost Secular: 33rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35thLargest Populations: 36thLargest Mining Sector: 37thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 45thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 51stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70thLargest Agricultural Sector: 82ndSmartest Citizens: 89thHighest Crime Rates: 93rdMost Efficient Economies: 123rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 126thLargest Retail Industry: 142ndMost Corrupt Governments: 165thRudest Citizens: 203rdLargest Publishing Industry: 268thLargest Information Technology Sector: 275thMost Cultured: 470thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,321stLargest Black Market: 2,560thMost Influential: 5,415thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,598thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,627thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,988thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,791stTop
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Most Pro-Market: 8,715thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,335th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the region

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