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Safest: 1,360th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,787th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,923rd
The Sparkly of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Minister of Regional Affairs
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.483 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly of Escade is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, daily referendums, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.483 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 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Escadean economy, worth a remarkable 1,029 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 121,360 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 7,913th in the world and 225th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 125 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Safest: 1,360thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,787thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,923rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,366thMost Pacifist: 2,403rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,213thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,631stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,802ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,167thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,478thMost Developed: 4,527thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,915thLowest Crime Rates: 4,962ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,000thHealthiest Citizens: 5,112thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,161stNicest Citizens: 5,245thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,356thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,465thBest Weather: 5,467thLargest Governments: 5,571stMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,966thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,014thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,696thMost Influential: 6,830thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,557thMost Cultured: 7,913thMost Inclusive: 8,368thSmartest Citizens: 8,544thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,939thMost Income Equality: 10,946thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,105thHighest Economic Output: 11,219thNudest: 14,261stMost Efficient Economies: 14,686thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,183rd
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 34th in the regionSafest: 40th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 53rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 75th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 75th in the regionMost Pacifist: 78th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 86th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 90th in the regionLargest Governments: 118th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 123rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 125th in the regionMost Developed: 131st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 136th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 144th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 150th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 154th in the regionBest Weather: 158th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 164th in the regionNicest Citizens: 166th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 167th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 172nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 188th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 194th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 209th in the regionMost Cultured: 225th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 227th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 253rd in the regionLargest Populations: 268th in the regionMost Inclusive: 273rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 282nd in the regionMost Influential: 321st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 346th in the regionNudest: 375th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 445th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 499th in the regionMost Income Equality: 607th in the region

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