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Rudest Citizens: 631stMost Efficient Economies: 830thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,068th
The San Sierran Republic of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
Las Montañas Santas será brillados por espíritus caídos
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Population4.701 billion

CapitalSanta Defensa
LeaderMartín Espinar
FaithSanquis Catholicism

AnimalDefensan Eagle

The San Sierran Republic of Shavara is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Martín Espinar with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, otherworldly petting zoo, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 4.701 billion San Sierrans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Education, and Administration also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Santa Defensa. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Shavaran economy, worth a remarkable 1,574 trillion Evirías a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 334,987 Evirías, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Meteorologists are instantly recognizable from their luxury cars and jewelry, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, the national anthem is considered broadly offensive to those who don't believe in Sanquis Catholicism, and only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Shavara's national animal is the Defensan Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Sanquis Catholicism.

Shavara is ranked 1,501st in the world and 44th in The East Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 97.97 on the Human Development Index.

Rudest Citizens: 631stMost Efficient Economies: 830thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,068thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,078thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,122ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,178thMost Armed: 1,272ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,372ndMost Developed: 1,501stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,561stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,570thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,641stSmartest Citizens: 1,652ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,002ndTop
Largest Governments: 2,085thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,297thHealthiest Citizens: 2,336thMost Influential: 2,403rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,771stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,843rdLargest Black Market: 3,808thMost Cultured: 4,123rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,479thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,481stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,873rdLargest Mining Sector: 5,449thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,160thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,245thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,963rdLowest Crime Rates: 6,976thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,603rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,485thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,619thHighest Economic Output: 9,961stTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,936thLargest Retail Industry: 15,686thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,067thMost Secular: 17,246thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,848th
Rudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Armed: 28th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 30th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 38th in the regionMost Developed: 44th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 45th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 50th in the regionLargest Governments: 50th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 57th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 57th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 68th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 74th in the regionLargest Black Market: 76th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 99th in the regionMost Cultured: 103rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 114th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 116th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 128th in the regionMost Influential: 134th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 160th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 174th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 186th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 191st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 203rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 247th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 253rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 368th in the regionMost Stationary: 417th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 470th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 477th in the regionLargest Populations: 482nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 538th in the regionMost Secular: 580th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 635th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 689th in the region

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