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The Ricky Spanish of Shibutani

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Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.246 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 notable for its zero percent divorce rate, daily referendums, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 5.246 billion Shibutanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

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 58.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Shibutanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,936 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 369,106 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,322,852 per year while the poor average 73,862, a ratio of 17.9 to 1.

There is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use MAYA as a backdrop, foreign students are expected to have a Kegmeister Grade Average of 36-24-36 to qualify for university, and a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway. 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 57,624th in the world and 2,757th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,678.38 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 35thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 45thMost Influential: 144thLargest Retail Industry: 486thRudest Citizens: 564thMost Efficient Economies: 860thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 918thHighest Average Incomes: 992ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,133rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,135thMost Devout: 1,202ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,247thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,249thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,405thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,773rdLargest Black Market: 1,789thMost Cultured: 1,946thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,244thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,270thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,273rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,297thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,362ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,917thSmartest Citizens: 2,975thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,607thLargest Governments: 3,648thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,653rdMost Developed: 4,334thLargest Mining Sector: 7,162ndMost Advanced Public Education: 7,577thHighest Economic Output: 7,712thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,741stLowest Crime Rates: 7,840thTop
Most Inclusive: 13,810thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,038thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,848thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,683rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,390thMost Stationary: 19,222ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,023rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 27th in the regionMost Influential: 29th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 33rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 38th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 47th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 52nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 52nd in the regionMost Devout: 53rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 55th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 56th in the regionLargest Black Market: 71st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionMost Cultured: 92nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 95th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 102nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 104th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 117th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 133rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 157th in the regionLargest Governments: 187th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 221st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 228th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 253rd in the regionMost Developed: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 363rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 386th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 412th in the regionMost Stationary: 476th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 640th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 672nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 700th in the regionMost Inclusive: 803rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 855th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 898th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 902nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 906th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 933rd in the region

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