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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 544th Safest: 1,342nd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,653rd
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Ivory Tower Reality Disconnect Zone
MiniCult Mermaid
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Population10.706 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and digital currency. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.706 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 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Escadean economy, worth a remarkable 1,352 trillion Nectars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 126,339 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, and the government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap. 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 1,722nd in the world and 34th in The East Pacific for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 12,781.03 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 544thSafest: 1,342ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,653rdTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,722ndMost Influential: 2,247thMost Pacifist: 2,401stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,405thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,888thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,082ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,144thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,581stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,607thMost Developed: 4,359thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,493rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,512thLowest Crime Rates: 4,513thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,751stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,825thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,852ndLargest Governments: 4,968thNicest Citizens: 4,976thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,144thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,152ndBest Weather: 5,214thHealthiest Citizens: 5,290thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,244thMost Cultured: 6,540thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,701stSmartest Citizens: 7,624thMost Inclusive: 7,910thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,210thHighest Economic Output: 9,534thMost Income Equality: 9,598thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,815thMost Secular: 10,183rdNudest: 13,222ndMost Efficient Economies: 13,253rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,384th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 30th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 64th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 64th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 68th in the regionMost Pacifist: 72nd in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 88th in the regionLargest Governments: 112th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 116th in the regionMost Developed: 121st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 125th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 131st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 132nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 139th in the regionBest Weather: 144th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 144th in the regionMost Influential: 149th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 152nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 152nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 152nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 157th in the regionMost Cultured: 157th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 158th in the regionLargest Populations: 162nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 169th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 200th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 200th in the regionMost Inclusive: 248th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 288th in the regionNudest: 296th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 334th in the regionMost Secular: 355th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 436th in the regionMost Income Equality: 513th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 517th in the region

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