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Western Santos

Population21.719 billion

CapitalSao Vicente


The Republic of Western Santos is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Bob with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 21.719 billion Western Santosians 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 solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sao Vicente. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Western Santosian economy, worth a remarkable 9,888 trillion Shrapnels a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 455,272 Shrapnels, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,504,747 per year while the poor average 41,978, a ratio of 59.7 to 1.

Marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams, after every storm there's an expensive government-funded rainbow, neighboring nations are tired of Western Santos's big fish stories, and traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Western Santos's national animal is the Mongoose, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Bobistanity.

Western Santos is ranked 242,627th in the world and 419th in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 3 Tourists Per Hour.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 43rdHighest Crime Rates: 56thMost Armed: 76thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 78thLargest Gambling Industry: 90thRudest Citizens: 107thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 112thFattest Citizens: 126thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 133rdMost Avoided: 150thHighest Disposable Incomes: 158thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 187thLargest Retail Industry: 215thMost Rebellious Youth: 219thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 246thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 277thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 301stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 317thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 354thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 375thHighest Average Incomes: 472ndHighest Economic Output: 504thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 637thLargest Insurance Industry: 642ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 986thLargest Mining Sector: 1,075thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,299thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,300thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,355thMost Efficient Economies: 2,383rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,832ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,865thSmartest Citizens: 4,660thMost Cultured: 5,526thLargest Populations: 5,935thMost Inclusive: 6,903rdNudest: 10,095thLargest Black Market: 10,285thMost Secular: 11,028thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,541stTop
Most Influential: 15,477thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,149thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,325thMost Pro-Market: 18,156thMost Politically Free: 19,337thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,500thHighest Drug Use: 19,528thMost Extreme: 22,484thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,713th
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14th in the regionNudest: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20th in the regionMost Politically Free: 20th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionMost Extreme: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 31st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionMost Inclusive: 34th in the regionMost Influential: 41st in the region

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