I'm not fully versed on what the different Influence ranks mean, but "Shoeshiner" doesn't exactly sound very influential. Of course, if I had gone ahead with that "Queendom of Shalotte" region...
Yet three days ago I received this notifcation:
"You were ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary."
I already knew I was lazy, but I think that means "you've been in that region for a really long time". I'm pretty sure I CTE'd a while ago too.
Not liking the idea of using influence as a deciding factor in anything, you guys! Shine your own damn shoes!