by Max Barry

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Safest: 1,430th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,722nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,776th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.753 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.753 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 1,187 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 121,767 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 14,700th in the world and 388th in The East Pacific for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 98.7 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Safest: 1,430thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,722ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,776thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,357thMost Pacifist: 2,454thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,085thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,440thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,517thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,600thMost Influential: 3,643rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,891stMost Developed: 4,663rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,796thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,893rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,961stLowest Crime Rates: 5,032ndBest Weather: 5,069thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,076thHealthiest Citizens: 5,089thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,165thNicest Citizens: 5,242ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,380thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,464thLargest Governments: 5,547thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,791stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,632ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,012thMost Cultured: 7,331stMost Inclusive: 8,167thSmartest Citizens: 8,311thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,616thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,013thHighest Economic Output: 10,412thMost Income Equality: 11,146thNudest: 12,570thMost Efficient Economies: 14,700thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,570th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 38th in the regionSafest: 38th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 39th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 61st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 67th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 75th in the regionMost Pacifist: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 96th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 120th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 122nd in the regionMost Developed: 125th in the regionLargest Governments: 128th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 139th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 139th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 142nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 148th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 152nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 152nd in the regionBest Weather: 155th in the regionNicest Citizens: 160th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 160th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 164th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 165th in the regionLargest Populations: 171st in the regionMost Cultured: 190th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 199th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 204th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 216th in the regionMost Inclusive: 262nd in the regionNudest: 302nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 302nd in the regionMost Influential: 326th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 388th in the regionMost Income Equality: 508th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 517th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 566th in the region

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