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The Godless Mercantile Nexus of Isla Vista

“Where churches are charged with fraud and racketeering!”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Wysteria


Isla Vista

Population35.081 billion

LeaderColonial Premier Mawaar

CurrencyGolden Bond
AnimalMarsupial Tiger

The Godless Mercantile Nexus of Isla Vista is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Colonial Premier Mawaar with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, enslaved workforce, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 35.081 billion Islanders 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, prioritizes Industry, although Defense is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trigo. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Isla Vistan economy, worth an astonishing 29,041 trillion Golden Bonds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 827,838 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,632,106 per year while the poor average 44,389, a ratio of 126 to 1.

Commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech, and citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Isla Vista at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list. 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. Isla Vista's national animal is the Marsupial Tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Isla Vista is ranked 5,604th in the world and 3rd in Wysteria for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 126.88 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13thHighest Economic Output: 13thHighest Disposable Incomes: 13thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14thMost Avoided: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rdHighest Average Incomes: 24thMost Armed: 25thMost Secular: 27thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 40thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 40thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 43rdLargest Mining Sector: 51stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 55thSmartest Citizens: 63rdLargest Populations: 66thFattest Citizens: 68thRudest Citizens: 81stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 88thHighest Crime Rates: 95thLargest Agricultural Sector: 111thLargest Retail Industry: 137thMost Corrupt Governments: 181stLargest Publishing Industry: 186thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 209thMost Cultured: 227thLargest Information Technology Sector: 251stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,731stLargest Gambling Industry: 2,231stLargest Black Market: 2,719thMost Influential: 5,488thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,604thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,526thMost Pro-Market: 6,777thTop
Largest Governments: 11,208thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,045th
Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the region

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