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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

Population38.589 billion

LeaderColonial Premier Mawaar

CurrencyGolden Bond
AnimalMarsupial Tiger

The Godless Mercantile Nexus of Isla Vista is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Colonial Premier Mawaar with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, vat-grown people, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 38.589 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 32,408 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 219,265th in the world and 76th in Wysteria for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1.89 Tourists Per Hour.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15thHighest Economic Output: 16thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21stMost Avoided: 28thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 29thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30thHighest Average Incomes: 30thMost Armed: 34thLargest Agricultural Sector: 39thLargest Insurance Industry: 41stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 41stLargest Mining Sector: 51stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 52ndLargest Populations: 53rdMost Secular: 55thMost Efficient Economies: 69thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 82ndFattest Citizens: 89thSmartest Citizens: 93rdHighest Crime Rates: 122ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 151stRudest Citizens: 152ndLargest Publishing Industry: 202ndMost Corrupt Governments: 239thLargest Retail Industry: 274thMost Cultured: 282ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 439thLargest Information Technology Sector: 451stTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,340thLargest Black Market: 4,967thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,181stMost Rebellious Youth: 5,995thMost Influential: 6,966thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,310thLargest Governments: 11,737thMost Pro-Market: 16,053rdMost Stationary: 19,674thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,223rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,448th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides and Most Efficient Economies and the Top 10% for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Isla Vista was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Isla Vista was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Huddled Terrified Masses of Keyser Soze, curing 1 million infected.


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