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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 533rd Safest: 1,352nd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,680th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
MiniCult Mermaid
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.869 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.869 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 1,375 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The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, and the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 7,531st in the world and 199th in The East Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 99.9 Quips Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 533rdSafest: 1,352ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,740thTop
Most Influential: 1,873rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,390thMost Pacifist: 2,404thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,957thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,026thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,153rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,563rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,621stMost Developed: 4,310thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,461stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,480thLowest Crime Rates: 4,536thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,681stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,769thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,926thNicest Citizens: 4,970thLargest Governments: 4,973rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,077thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,119thBest Weather: 5,199thHealthiest Citizens: 5,291stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,308thMost Cultured: 6,522ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,708thSmartest Citizens: 7,531stMost Inclusive: 7,904thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,172ndHighest Economic Output: 9,465thMost Income Equality: 9,673rdMost Rebellious Youth: 9,804thMost Secular: 10,400thMost Efficient Economies: 13,420thNudest: 13,448thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,372nd
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 46th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 58th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 62nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 62nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 67th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 69th in the regionMost Pacifist: 75th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 91st in the regionMost Influential: 107th in the regionLargest Governments: 112th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 118th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 120th in the regionMost Developed: 123rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 130th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 133rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 140th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 145th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 146th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 148th in the regionBest Weather: 149th in the regionNicest Citizens: 150th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 152nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 153rd in the regionLargest Populations: 156th in the regionMost Cultured: 157th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 176th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 191st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 199th in the regionMost Inclusive: 240th in the regionNudest: 272nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 277th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 326th in the regionMost Secular: 333rd in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 407th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 420th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 490th in the region

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