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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 476th Safest: 1,348th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,687th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
MiniCult Mermaid
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.908 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, prohibition of alcohol, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.908 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 1,380 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 126,560 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The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, and the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 171,399th in the world and 6,603rd in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -22.45 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 476thSafest: 1,348thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,687thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,755thMost Influential: 1,786thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,377thMost Pacifist: 2,403rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,977thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,038thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,167thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,568thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,632ndMost Developed: 4,332ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,455thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,482ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,544thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,681stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,765thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,933rdNicest Citizens: 4,970thLargest Governments: 4,985thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,059thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,139thBest Weather: 5,189thHealthiest Citizens: 5,296thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,395thMost Cultured: 6,518thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,726thSmartest Citizens: 7,513thMost Inclusive: 7,892ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,157thHighest Economic Output: 9,466thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,795thMost Income Equality: 10,102ndMost Secular: 10,378thMost Efficient Economies: 13,365thNudest: 13,389thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,359th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 33rd in the regionSafest: 35th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 50th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 58th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 61st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 64th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 66th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 70th in the regionMost Pacifist: 74th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Influential: 95th in the regionLargest Governments: 109th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 114th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 122nd in the regionMost Developed: 125th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 132nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 133rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 140th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 145th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 145th in the regionBest Weather: 147th in the regionNicest Citizens: 148th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 151st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 153rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 155th in the regionMost Cultured: 156th in the regionLargest Populations: 156th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 178th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 188th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 197th in the regionMost Inclusive: 237th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 273rd in the regionNudest: 280th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 323rd in the regionMost Secular: 333rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 419th in the regionMost Income Equality: 433rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 487th in the region

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