The Santos War began in 1950 when forces from the East invaded the West. The war lasted ten years involving many nations. The border between the two nations remains the most heavily fortified in the world. In the decades that followed, the Western Santos economy grew significantly and the country was transformed into a major economy. Civilian government replaced military rule in 1965. Presently, Western Santos has relaxed gun control laws that rank it among countries with the highest quantity of firearms per capita.
Western Santos is a presidential republic consisting of seventeen administrative divisions and is a developed country with an extremely high standard of living. It is the world's largest economy and the world's 1st (nominal) or 1st (purchasing power parity) largest economy. The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals, arms manufacturing, information technology and robotics. Western Santos is a pending member of the United Nations, G8, G20, WTO, and OECD. It is also a founding member of APEC and the Santos Summit. It is a recognised nuclear weapons state and its military expenditure ranks high in the world.
As one of the world's leading international financial centres, Western Santos has a major capitalist service economy characterised by zero taxation and free trade, and the currency, Western Santos shrapnel, is the most traded currency in the world. The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the country to a centre for modern architecture and the world's most vertical country. Western Santos has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. The dense space also led to a highly developed transportation network with the public transport travelling rate exceeding 90 percent, the highest in the world. Western Santos has numerous high international rankings in various aspects. For instance, its economic freedom, financial and economic competitiveness, quality of life, culture, military, scientific influence, political influence, corruption perception, Human Development Index are all ranked highly. According to estimates from both UN and WHO, Western Santos had the longest life expectancy of any region in the world in 2012. Western Santos also has the highest average IQ score in 118 countries around the world.