I’ve been to Paraguay just for the hell of it. I was at Iguazu Falls, which is truly spectacular, and as is my wont, wandered over the border for a couple of days. The town on the border there is Ciudad del Este and I figure it to be the model for Mos Eisley as it is indeed a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
It’s a major portal for shitty electronics, counterfeit items and smuggling. I quite often like to try Chinese food in different countries, and I had the shittiest Chinese food I’ve ever had anywhere on the planet. It cost me $30 to bribe my way out of the country as they said my passport stamp which I had received days before was illegal. The town is built out of billboards and cardboard boxes as far as I could tell. Granted, I’ve only been to Ciudad del Este but I’ve heard that Asunción is a shithole.
The War of the Triple Alliance killed off something like 60% of the population and I don’t think the country ever recovered.