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Most Valuable International Artwork: 87thLargest Retail Industry: 101stHighest Average Incomes: 245th
The Ricky Spanish Friendship of
Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.3 billion

FaithThe Church of the Cosmic Skull


The Ricky Spanish Friendship of Shibutani is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Daniel with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 9.3 billion Shibutanians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of MAYA. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 66.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Shibutanian economy, worth a remarkable 5,080 trillion Bitcoins a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is a breathtaking 546,264 Bitcoins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,923,426 per year while the poor average 112,333, a ratio of 17.1 to 1.

TV coverage of music festivals consists mostly of backstage interviews, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to MAYA to enjoy their national art, and Shibutanian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Shibutani's national animal is the cow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Church of the Cosmic Skull.

Shibutani is ranked 4,867th in the world and 218th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 14,982.34 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 87thLargest Retail Industry: 101stHighest Average Incomes: 245thMost Influential: 321stMost Efficient Economies: 346thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 346thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 369thLargest Publishing Industry: 402ndMost Devout: 438thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 536thMost Subsidized Industry: 579thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 595thLargest Black Market: 712thMost Cultured: 748thRudest Citizens: 748thMost Patriotic: 760thLargest Information Technology Sector: 791stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 791stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 816thLargest Agricultural Sector: 864thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 920thFattest Citizens: 930thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 937thMost Scientifically Advanced: 946thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,270thSmartest Citizens: 1,462ndLargest Governments: 1,640thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,804thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,961stLargest Mining Sector: 2,336thHighest Economic Output: 2,463rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,487thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,365thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,422ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,867thLowest Crime Rates: 5,159thHighest Food Quality: 5,162ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,485thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,556thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,924thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,453rdMost Developed: 11,905thMost Armed: 13,072ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,424thTop
Most Stationary: 13,723rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,914thLargest Gambling Industry: 25,828th
Highest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 16th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 25th in the regionMost Devout: 27th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 27th in the regionLargest Black Market: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 32nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 36th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 37th in the regionMost Patriotic: 39th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 47th in the regionRudest Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 53rd in the regionMost Influential: 58th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 58th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 68th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 72nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 73rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 81st in the regionLargest Governments: 85th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 87th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 92nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 218th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 252nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 274th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 295th in the regionMost Stationary: 307th in the regionMost Armed: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 361st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 436th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 451st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 488th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 504th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 572nd in the regionLargest Populations: 655th in the regionMost Developed: 681st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 793rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1,090th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1,111th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,130th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,155th in the region

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