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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

Population35.457 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 renowned for its pith helmet sales, enslaved workforce, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 35.457 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 receive no funds. 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 29,352 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 64th in the world and 7th in Wysteria for Smartest Citizens, with 394.17 Quips Per Hour.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 7thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10thHighest Disposable Incomes: 13thHighest Economic Output: 13thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14thMost Avoided: 20thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24thHighest Average Incomes: 25thMost Armed: 27thMost Secular: 27thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 40thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 42ndLargest Insurance Industry: 43rdLargest Mining Sector: 50thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 54thSmartest Citizens: 64thLargest Populations: 64thFattest Citizens: 75thRudest Citizens: 83rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 92ndHighest Crime Rates: 100thLargest Agricultural Sector: 116thLargest Retail Industry: 158thLargest Publishing Industry: 191stMost Corrupt Governments: 191stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 223rdMost Cultured: 242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 268thMost Efficient Economies: 1,731stTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,218thLargest Black Market: 2,830thMost Influential: 5,530thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,601stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,457thMost Pro-Market: 6,927thTop
Largest Governments: 11,355thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,449th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the region

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