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The Ricky Spanish of Shibutani

“I Want an Easter Egg”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.671 billion

LeaderSir Daniel
FaithThe Church of the Cosmic Skull


The Ricky Spanish of Shibutani is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Sir Daniel with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, vat-grown people, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 5.671 billion Shibutanians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of MAYA. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 59.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Shibutanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,213 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 390,381 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,548,409 per year while the poor average 66,466, a ratio of 23.3 to 1.

Weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments, perverts across the land rejoice after 'sexual harassment' was recently renamed 'persuasive courting', parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads, and the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Shibutani's national animal is the Zombie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Church of the Cosmic Skull.

Shibutani is ranked 195,260th in the world and 8,829th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -42.59 on the Hayek Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 36thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48thMost Influential: 156thLargest Retail Industry: 443rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 655thMost Efficient Economies: 714thRudest Citizens: 717thHighest Average Incomes: 812thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 881stLargest Agricultural Sector: 922ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,060thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,067thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,093rdMost Devout: 1,106thMost Armed: 1,293rdLargest Black Market: 1,664thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,665thMost Cultured: 1,811thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,001stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,011thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,013thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,104thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,189thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,408thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,690thSmartest Citizens: 2,845thLargest Governments: 3,197thFattest Citizens: 3,294thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,505thMost Developed: 5,164thHighest Economic Output: 6,668thLargest Mining Sector: 7,142ndMost Advanced Public Education: 7,527thLowest Crime Rates: 8,256thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,504thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,604thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,593rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,286thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,840thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,330thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,395thMost Stationary: 18,505thHighest Drug Use: 21,663rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 27th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Influential: 30th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 41st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 42nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 43rd in the regionMost Armed: 46th in the regionMost Devout: 48th in the regionRudest Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 54th in the regionLargest Black Market: 69th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 77th in the regionMost Cultured: 84th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 85th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 85th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 96th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 109th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 110th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 116th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 131st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 132nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 157th in the regionLargest Governments: 168th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 198th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 240th in the regionMost Developed: 310th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 382nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 419th in the regionMost Stationary: 440th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 449th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 521st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 549th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 622nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 625th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 653rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 759th in the regionLargest Populations: 919th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 929th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 946th in the region

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