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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

Population34.69 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 remarkable for its museums and concert halls, strictly enforced bedtime, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 34.69 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 28,717 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 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 20th in the world and 5th in Wysteria for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 188,484.8 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12thHighest Economic Output: 13thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15thMost Avoided: 19thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21stMost Secular: 21stHighest Average Incomes: 22ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rdMost Armed: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 39thLargest Insurance Industry: 40thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 43rdLargest Mining Sector: 51stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 53rdSmartest Citizens: 59thFattest Citizens: 62ndLargest Populations: 66thRudest Citizens: 70thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 90thHighest Crime Rates: 92ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 105thLargest Retail Industry: 122ndMost Corrupt Governments: 175thLargest Publishing Industry: 189thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 192ndMost Cultured: 211thLargest Information Technology Sector: 232ndTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,740thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,303rdLargest Black Market: 2,670thMost Influential: 5,258thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,937thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,575thMost Pro-Market: 6,986thTop
Largest Governments: 11,332ndMost Subsidized Industry: 15,016th
Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 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 regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the region

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