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Nudest: 14thRudest Citizens: 519thHighest Crime Rates: 719th
The Raiding Armies of
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West Andes

Population1.572 billion

CapitalAndes City
LeaderAbsolutely Nobody

AnimalCliff Racer

The Raiding Armies of West Andes is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Absolutely Nobody with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.572 billion Andesians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Administration also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Andes City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.4%.

The all-consuming Andesian economy, worth 252 trillion drakes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 160,743 drakes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,048,123 per year while the poor average 9,756, a ratio of 107 to 1.

Government officials go door-to-door educating about the dangers of pseudoscience, the freedom to be free is always just out of reach, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, and passive-aggressive congratulations cards inform mums-to-be that their pregnancy is their greatest achievement in life. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. West Andes's national animal is the Cliff Racer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Raiderism.

West Andes is ranked 103,447th in the world and 88th in Realm of the Whispering Winds for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 847.25 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Nudest: 14thRudest Citizens: 519thHighest Crime Rates: 719thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 806thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,085thFattest Citizens: 1,095thMost Armed: 1,117thMost Avoided: 1,180thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,187thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,786thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,082ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,560thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,567thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,879thLargest Retail Industry: 3,374thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,705thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,714thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,423rdLargest Mining Sector: 6,293rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,105thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,185thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,907thHighest Average Incomes: 13,160thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,177thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,649thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,767thMost Inclusive: 18,717thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,341stMost Politically Free: 24,339thMost Pro-Market: 24,938th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 14th in the regionMost Extreme: 15th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 16th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 23rd in the region

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