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The Indomitable Borderlands of
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The Grendels

Population38.691 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 compulsory military service, otherworldly petting zoo, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 38.691 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 36,085 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 75th in the world and 2nd in Wysteria for Most Secular, with 99.33 Atheism Rate.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thMost Avoided: 17thMost Armed: 17thMost Efficient Economies: 18thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 21stLargest Gambling Industry: 25thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27thMost Scientifically Advanced: 30thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 31stLargest Populations: 34thLargest Mining Sector: 37thFattest Citizens: 44thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 53rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 53rdMost Secular: 75thHighest Crime Rates: 110thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 116thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 129thSmartest Citizens: 140thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 179thMost Corrupt Governments: 208thLargest Retail Industry: 264thLargest Publishing Industry: 307thRudest Citizens: 315thLargest Information Technology Sector: 464thMost Cultured: 542ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 564thTop
Largest Governments: 2,492ndLargest Black Market: 4,673rdMost Rebellious Youth: 5,243rdMost Influential: 6,836thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,226thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,538thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,810thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,162ndMost Pro-Market: 18,113th
Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the region

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