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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 631st Safest: 1,349th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,631st
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.496 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, free-roaming dinosaurs, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.496 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 1,309 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 124,732 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews, and the nation's ambassadors often conduct their business in jail cells. 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 2,417th in the world and 60th in The East Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 84.33 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 631stSafest: 1,349thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,631stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,709thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,417thMost Pacifist: 2,426thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,823rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,023rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,179thMost Influential: 3,256thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,604thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,693rdMost Developed: 4,410thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,506thLowest Crime Rates: 4,512thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,540thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,830thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,995thBest Weather: 5,015thNicest Citizens: 5,035thLargest Governments: 5,063rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,074thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,160thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,207thHealthiest Citizens: 5,217thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,448thMost Cultured: 6,680thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,734thSmartest Citizens: 7,815thMost Inclusive: 8,300thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,422ndHighest Economic Output: 9,759thMost Income Equality: 9,770thMost Secular: 9,935thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,671stNudest: 13,464thMost Efficient Economies: 13,744thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,601st
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the regionSafest: 38th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 60th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 64th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 72nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 75th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 92nd in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 117th in the regionMost Developed: 123rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 131st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 133rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 134th in the regionBest Weather: 139th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 140th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 141st in the regionNicest Citizens: 155th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 156th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 159th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 162nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 164th in the regionLargest Populations: 166th in the regionMost Cultured: 169th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 190th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 211th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 226th in the regionMost Influential: 252nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 293rd in the regionNudest: 294th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 342nd in the regionMost Secular: 342nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 458th in the regionMost Income Equality: 491st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Escade, the nation's ambassadors often conduct their business in jail cells.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, a five-year-old and a convicted terrorist can sit alongside one another in jury service.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, male politicians lose their jobs for staring too long at their female counterparts.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs.
  • : Escade's influence in The East Pacific rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Escade was endorsed by The Federal Republic of Germansberg.
  • : Following new legislation in Escade, power to the people comes from the barrel of a gun.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 183 » Davelands, A Slanted Black Stripe, VW53Aland, Todd McCloud, H-Zhena, Fedele, Pakitsk, Hizuru, Wiranath, Brotherland, Bachtendekuppen, Hobbesistan, Ridann, Izonno, Rhealaliit, The Sacred Whale, Lejon Stad, Neruch, Socialist Holy American Empire, Shantan, Arkantis, Gorbastan, Tim Stark, Solarfall, Talitoa, Asendavia, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Peatiktist, Kelsyth, Slui, Drunken Seal Islands, Elejamie, Imperial Akatsuki, New Birblands, The Anarchisticly Lost Canadian North, New Military, Tivinter, Thaurus, La Isla Nueva, Tshana, Kampf Empire, The New Wisconsin Empire, Eurasia States, Shinnokawa, Xobalon, New Cobastheia, Danelaw Scandinavia, Roliganistan, Mundiferrum, The Almighty Country, and 133 others.New Taranaki, Amanthaya, British Calradia, Darkenval, Impits Menouss, Arcanama, Jimboland, Endertopias, Headpat Central, Impia Aghte, Lanagon, Greater New Islew, North Insomnia, Amjedia, Meland1, Servants of Gizmo, Riveraland, United China Nation, West-Normanland, ReeK, EnderShnovia, Unger under over, Aklevin, Ruso-Germania, Khurn Empire, Taurora, Allanzo, Airrajul, Trimmania, Am Echad, Ciggie Smallistan, Darkfull, Artari, Acheronn, Harro Waarudho, Swiftwhiskers, Axdel, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, Terren, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Oskoldia, La Costa Dorada, Tel Mithru, The Solar Ottomans, Akorial, Acnor, Wadostan Ran, Minoskania, The Southern Isles of Dreyse, Boal Pey Sovelogland, Soirwren, Kublam, United-kingdom of Britannia, Dzosk, Nazagully, Birdbow, Morkuldin, Federated States of Zootron, Eastern Hyront Scasssen, Dragonia, Splena, Broengtopia, Lyontisia, The Tyragyare Union, Ver Norge, Dalta Salltan, Volenruud, Ribanzi, Ye Olde Country of Yore, The Shorter Union, Bacon Land, New Gehenna, Curupiri, Betremia, Nysa Arcadia, Arkhadimia, Gemookul, Bilanda, Agonya, Danesopia, The Holy Empire of Castof, Elkenian, Bulli, The Empire of Rijelv, Adolanta, New Leganes, Ravendi, Urimel, Free The Lagich, Constructbegin, Dreamersistan, VoyKovie, Lorynia, United Edwards, Kaiser Wilhelm Reich, Prexico, Valdwall, Propwash, Someseni, New Arion Pean, Davinhia, The New Papacy of Rome and the Spanish, Kagorg Bra Corna, Kangarawa, The Romanum Legio, Narinoland, Lord Jabu-Jabu, Merlovich, Qui sequuntur somnia, Effoph, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, Adavan, Fraxhemark, Islandian Free States, Duracell, Jordanistan22, Lucasia AUX, Dark Edgyness, Lantros, Lundree Nikia Islands, Bullpups, Pulmonaria, Noralia, Skandinavistan, Humri, Galve, Squarist Republic of Squaria, Harapan, United Nations of Hawklandia, Reftaria, Din taiko, The Angel of Charity, and Germansberg.

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