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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 527th Safest: 1,354th 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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Population10.857 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.857 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 1,374 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The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, and the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 37,946th in the world and 1,081st in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 3,312.36 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 527thSafest: 1,354thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,739thTop
Most Influential: 1,896thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,386thMost Pacifist: 2,403rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,964thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,027thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,154thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,569thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,622ndMost Developed: 4,311thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,462ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,485thLowest Crime Rates: 4,544thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,694thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,774thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,923rdLargest Governments: 4,978thNicest Citizens: 4,980thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,070thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,118thBest Weather: 5,199thHealthiest Citizens: 5,300thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,321stMost Cultured: 6,516thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,739thSmartest Citizens: 7,532ndMost Inclusive: 7,909thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,190thHighest Economic Output: 9,478thMost Income Equality: 9,719thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,812thMost Secular: 10,421stMost Efficient Economies: 13,421stNudest: 13,502ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,399th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 32nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 37th in the regionSafest: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 58th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 61st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 63rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 67th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 70th in the regionMost Pacifist: 76th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 91st in the regionMost Influential: 110th in the regionLargest Governments: 114th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 120th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 121st in the regionMost Developed: 124th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 131st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 134th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 141st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 147th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 147th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 148th in the regionBest Weather: 149th in the regionNicest Citizens: 151st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 152nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 154th in the regionLargest Populations: 157th in the regionMost Cultured: 158th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 178th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 192nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 201st in the regionMost Inclusive: 241st in the regionNudest: 274th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 277th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 325th in the regionMost Secular: 332nd in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 405th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 421st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 493rd in the region

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