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Safest: 1,446th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,748th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,976th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Hyper
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Escade

Population9.071 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade

CurrencyNectar
AnimalHummingbird

The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, state-planned economy, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.071 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 1,111 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 and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 122,557 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 164,940th in the world and 7,025th in the South Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.09 Weapons Per Person.

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Safest: 1,446thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,748thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,976thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,027thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,379thMost Pacifist: 2,497thMost Influential: 3,007thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,151stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,643rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,787thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,898thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,263rdMost Developed: 4,714thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,081stLowest Crime Rates: 5,107thHealthiest Citizens: 5,172ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,234thNicest Citizens: 5,297thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,338thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,435thLargest Governments: 5,617thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,664thBest Weather: 5,767thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,775thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,981stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,919thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,135thMost Cultured: 7,826thMost Inclusive: 8,355thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,662ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,052ndMost Rebellious Youth: 10,319thMost Income Equality: 10,598thHighest Economic Output: 10,854thNudest: 13,212thMost Efficient Economies: 14,985th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 32nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 40th in the regionSafest: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 52nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 70th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 78th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 83rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 83rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 89th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 110th in the regionLargest Governments: 131st in the regionMost Influential: 133rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 136th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 143rd in the regionMost Developed: 145th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 150th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 158th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 158th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 163rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 166th in the regionNicest Citizens: 178th in the regionBest Weather: 179th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 184th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 187th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 198th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 206th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 207th in the regionMost Cultured: 224th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 242nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 244th in the regionLargest Populations: 267th in the regionNudest: 279th in the regionMost Inclusive: 292nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 299th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 383rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 501st in the regionMost Income Equality: 533rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 536th in the region

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