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Largest Populations: 14thMost Cheerful Citizens: 288thLargest Gambling Industry: 398th
The Grand Imperial Province of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Pseudaletia Unipuncta
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Pendulous

Population39.541 billion

LeaderWrinkl

Currencyrobot point
Animalarmy worm

The Grand Imperial Province of Pendulous is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Wrinkl with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 39.541 billion Pendulousians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.6%.

The very strong Pendulousian economy, worth a remarkable 6,341 trillion robot points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 160,369 robot points, with the richest citizens earning 8.9 times as much as the poorest.

Bombs are permitted on planes for the 'security of the passengers', the government is pursuing a new programme aimed at promoting cultural sophistication, most citizens in Pendulous are abject pyrophobes after extremely graphic pamphlets were mailed nationwide by the government, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. Crime is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Pendulous's national animal is the army worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pendulous is ranked 45,779th in the world and 26th in Wysteria for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 8.85 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Populations: 14thMost Cheerful Citizens: 288thLargest Gambling Industry: 398thHighest Economic Output: 1,242ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,353rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,370thMost Stationary: 1,497thHighest Crime Rates: 1,616thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,188thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,613thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,941stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,741stMost Avoided: 5,026thFattest Citizens: 6,728thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,114thMost Secular: 8,358thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,695thMost Armed: 9,254thMost Influential: 10,046thSmartest Citizens: 10,261stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,729thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 11,758thNudest: 11,863rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,588thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,657thHighest Drug Use: 15,801stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,432ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,756thMost Pro-Market: 17,207thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,906thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,275thBest Weather: 19,084th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the region

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