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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd
The Indomitable Borderlands of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.
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The Grendels

Population38.214 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 notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, flagrant waste-dumping, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 38.214 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 35,640 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 932,654 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,737,479 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 209,101st in the world and 76th in Wysteria for Lowest Crime Rates, with 1.81 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thMost Efficient Economies: 16thMost Avoided: 16thMost Armed: 17thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thLargest Gambling Industry: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 26thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 31stMost Scientifically Advanced: 32ndLargest Populations: 36thLargest Mining Sector: 38thFattest Citizens: 43rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 48thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thMost Secular: 69thHighest Crime Rates: 107thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 113thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 129thSmartest Citizens: 131stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 164thMost Corrupt Governments: 206thLargest Retail Industry: 254thLargest Publishing Industry: 296thRudest Citizens: 307thMost Valuable International Artwork: 384thLargest Information Technology Sector: 430thMost Cultured: 531stTop
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Largest Governments: 2,498thLargest Black Market: 4,377thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,296thMost Influential: 6,576thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,961stMost Subsidized Industry: 7,394thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,886thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 15,039thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,341st
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the region

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