by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 5thMost Armed: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th
The PS2 Puppet of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Stop reading my motto!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population14.939 billion

CapitalPterodoria City


The PS2 Puppet of Pterodoria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Someone with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, vat-grown people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 14.939 billion Pterodorians 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 government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pterodoria City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pterodorian economy, worth a remarkable 8,936 trillion Pteralurias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 598,178 Pteralurias, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,602,934 per year while the poor average 5,380, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors, the booming slave trade is now government-funded, the country is littered with broken homes, and colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Pterodactyl'. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pterodoria's national animal is the Pterodactyl, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Business.

Pterodoria is ranked 199th in the world and 4th in the South Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 20,692.88 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 5thMost Armed: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12thFattest Citizens: 13thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thLargest Gambling Industry: 16thLargest Retail Industry: 18thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 27thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30thMost Avoided: 37thRudest Citizens: 55thHighest Disposable Incomes: 58thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 64thMost Rebellious Youth: 89thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 100thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 109thHighest Average Incomes: 149thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 158thMost Corrupt Governments: 160thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 191stLargest Insurance Industry: 199thMost Efficient Economies: 244thLargest Mining Sector: 279thMost Scientifically Advanced: 499thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 555thHighest Economic Output: 623rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 712thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,209thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,417thMost Secular: 1,790thMost Cultured: 1,864thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,166thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,229thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,860thLargest Black Market: 11,274thTop
Largest Populations: 16,741stMost Pro-Market: 18,067thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,218thHighest Drug Use: 19,793rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,744th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 46th in the regionMost Cultured: 52nd in the regionMost Secular: 62nd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 84th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 108th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 185th in the regionLargest Populations: 190th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 241st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 294th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 407th in the regionNudest: 444th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 647th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Pterodactyl'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the country is littered with broken homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, the booming slave trade is now government-funded.
  • : Pterodoria was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium.
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, you can say what you like about the genocidal murderers that rule Pterodoria but at least the trains run on time.
  • : Pterodoria was reclassified from "Capitalist Paradise" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • : Following new legislation in Pterodoria, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.


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