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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 833rd Safest: 1,390th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,616th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
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Population10.332 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, sprawling nuclear power plants, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.332 billion Escadians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Empyreal City. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Escadean economy, worth a remarkable 1,279 trillion Nectars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry. Average income is an impressive 123,826 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children wondering what happens to pets after they die are shown where the compost heap is, lobster tastes best when it is red, an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Empyreal City, and every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Escade's national animal is the Hummingbird, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Escade is ranked 65,350th in the world and 2,456th in The East Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 134,117.68 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 833rdSafest: 1,390thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,616thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,658thMost Pacifist: 2,201stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,437thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,930thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,010thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,265thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,278thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,601stMost Developed: 4,387thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,514thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,558thLowest Crime Rates: 4,651stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,855thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,868thNicest Citizens: 4,869thBest Weather: 4,889thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,927thHealthiest Citizens: 4,974thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,170thLargest Governments: 5,180thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,248thMost Influential: 5,758thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,553rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,582ndMost Cultured: 6,761stSmartest Citizens: 7,797thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,421stMost Income Equality: 9,293rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,423rdHighest Economic Output: 9,851stMost Secular: 9,880thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,544thNudest: 13,162ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,040thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,549th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 54th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionMost Pacifist: 61st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 74th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 93rd in the regionLargest Governments: 116th in the regionMost Developed: 117th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 118th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 133rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 134th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 136th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 138th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 138th in the regionBest Weather: 140th in the regionNicest Citizens: 150th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 152nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 152nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 157th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 163rd in the regionMost Cultured: 167th in the regionLargest Populations: 171st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 189th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 218th in the regionMost Inclusive: 279th in the regionNudest: 286th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 290th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 347th in the regionMost Secular: 356th in the regionMost Income Equality: 402nd in the regionMost Influential: 424th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 449th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the region

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