by Max Barry

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Safest: 1,450th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,683rd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,770th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.08 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.08 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 96.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Escadean economy, worth a remarkable 1,228 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 121,869 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Radio shows frequently feature people denouncing religion, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web, foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country, and there have been reports of people marrying housepets. 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 163,216th in the world and 7,304th in The East Pacific for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.6 Crimes Per Hour.

Safest: 1,450thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,683rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,770thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,367thMost Pacifist: 2,431stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,130thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,283rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,409thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,446thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,680thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,766thMost Developed: 4,615thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,765thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,862ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,889thHealthiest Citizens: 5,050thLowest Crime Rates: 5,052ndBest Weather: 5,082ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,136thNicest Citizens: 5,192ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,317thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,343rdLargest Governments: 5,501stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,688thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,414thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,962ndMost Cultured: 7,268thMost Inclusive: 8,052ndSmartest Citizens: 8,156thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,265thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,023rdHighest Economic Output: 10,214thMost Income Equality: 10,528thMost Influential: 10,532ndNudest: 12,244thMost Efficient Economies: 14,773rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,326th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 59th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 63rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 64th in the regionMost Pacifist: 73rd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 76th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 83rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 106th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 126th in the regionLargest Governments: 128th in the regionMost Developed: 130th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 135th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 143rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 145th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 148th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 152nd in the regionBest Weather: 155th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 156th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 161st in the regionNicest Citizens: 163rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 164th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 171st in the regionLargest Populations: 171st in the regionMost Cultured: 184th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 189th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 211th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 218th in the regionNudest: 261st in the regionMost Inclusive: 263rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 301st in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 386th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 399th in the regionMost Income Equality: 493rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 506th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 563rd in the regionMost Influential: 677th in the regionMost Politically Free: 720th in the region

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