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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: Vassal

Location: Wysteria

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Isla Vista

Population46.101 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 renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, compulsory military service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 46.101 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, with Defense also on the agenda, 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 38,717 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 839,830 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 7,867,598 per year while the poor average 7,538, a ratio of 1,043 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 2,372nd in the world and 17th in Wysteria for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 14,063.74 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14thHighest Economic Output: 17thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26thLargest Populations: 31stLargest Insurance Industry: 33rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 40thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40thHighest Average Incomes: 42ndMost Avoided: 45thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 45thMost Scientifically Advanced: 52ndMost Armed: 54thLargest Agricultural Sector: 57thLargest Mining Sector: 61stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 96thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 102ndFattest Citizens: 103rdMost Efficient Economies: 118thMost Secular: 143rdHighest Crime Rates: 169thSmartest Citizens: 183rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 201stLargest Publishing Industry: 250thRudest Citizens: 277thMost Corrupt Governments: 378thMost Cultured: 401stLargest Retail Industry: 568thLargest Information Technology Sector: 683rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 776thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,372ndTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 5,134thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,686thMost Influential: 6,787thLargest Black Market: 10,328thMost Stationary: 11,299thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,555thTop
Largest Governments: 16,345thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,557thMost Pro-Market: 27,105th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the region

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