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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th
The Indomitable Borderlands of
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The Grendels

Population40.077 billion

LeaderWarleader Yarooo

CurrencyGolden Bond
Animalthe Dire Bear

The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 40.077 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 37,378 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 166,199th in the world and 36th in Wysteria for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 916.94 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 16thMost Avoided: 18thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thMost Efficient Economies: 20thMost Armed: 20thLargest Gambling Industry: 21stLargest Insurance Industry: 21stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24thLargest Agricultural Sector: 30thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34thLargest Populations: 36thLargest Mining Sector: 39thMost Scientifically Advanced: 42ndFattest Citizens: 44thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 48thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66thMost Secular: 99thHighest Crime Rates: 112thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 115thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 119thSmartest Citizens: 164thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 220thMost Corrupt Governments: 229thLargest Publishing Industry: 304thLargest Retail Industry: 332ndRudest Citizens: 365thLargest Information Technology Sector: 497thMost Cultured: 566thMost Valuable International Artwork: 740thTop
Largest Governments: 2,713thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,379thLargest Black Market: 5,607thMost Influential: 7,082ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,592ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,890thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,686thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,201stMost Pro-Market: 19,375thMost Stationary: 19,690th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the region

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