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The San Sierran Republic of Shavara

“Las Montañas Santas será brillados por espíritus caídos”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population5.122 billion

CapitalSanta Defensa
LeaderEsteban Villacrés
FaithSanquis Catholicism

AnimalDefensan Eagle

The San Sierran Republic of Shavara is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Esteban Villacrés with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 5.122 billion San Sierrans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Education, and Administration are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Santa Defensa. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Shavaran economy, worth a remarkable 1,691 trillion Evirías a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 330,283 Evirías, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, blackface performers claim they are being deliberately ironic, and East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Shavara's national animal is the Defensan Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Sanquis Catholicism.

Shavara is ranked 3,098th in the world and 175th in The East Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 28,903 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 611thHighest Poor Incomes: 787thMost Efficient Economies: 820thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,126thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,197thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,233rdMost Armed: 1,265thMost Developed: 1,440thHighest Average Incomes: 1,447thSmartest Citizens: 1,599thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,675thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,780thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,840thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,860thLargest Governments: 2,002ndHealthiest Citizens: 2,188thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,516thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,846thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,902ndMost Influential: 3,098thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,230thMost Cultured: 3,868thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,257thLargest Black Market: 4,573rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,973rdLargest Mining Sector: 6,250thLowest Crime Rates: 6,488thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,542ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,006thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,110thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,384thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,024thHighest Economic Output: 9,360thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,971stTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,103rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,685thMost Secular: 17,710thLargest Retail Industry: 18,923rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,330thMost Stationary: 21,517th
Rudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionMost Armed: 28th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 30th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Developed: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 46th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 47th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 48th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 50th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 51st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 64th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 66th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 76th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 97th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 112th in the regionLargest Black Market: 130th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 138th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 147th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 149th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 157th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 173rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 174th in the regionMost Influential: 175th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 176th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 182nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 279th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 279th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 285th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 303rd in the regionMost Stationary: 393rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 425th in the regionLargest Populations: 447th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 525th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 581st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 581st in the regionMost Secular: 602nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 688th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 877th in the region

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