by Max Barry

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Safest: 1,451st Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,733rd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,904th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Hyper - Endorse Tsunamy
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.404 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.404 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 1,150 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 122,374 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 151,757th in the world and 6,268th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -25.38 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Safest: 1,451stTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,733rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,904thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,357thMost Pacifist: 2,481stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,599thMost Influential: 2,862ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,030thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,565thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,638thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,643rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,014thMost Developed: 4,670thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,987thLowest Crime Rates: 5,039thHealthiest Citizens: 5,088thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,104thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,175thNicest Citizens: 5,190thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,326thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,475thLargest Governments: 5,523rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,559thBest Weather: 5,570thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,788thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,732ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,844thMost Cultured: 7,407thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,117thSmartest Citizens: 8,477thMost Income Equality: 9,730thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,744thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,911thHighest Economic Output: 10,595thNudest: 12,172ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,616th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionSafest: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 50th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 67th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 78th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 78th in the regionMost Pacifist: 87th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 89th in the regionLargest Governments: 124th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 135th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 136th in the regionMost Influential: 145th in the regionMost Developed: 149th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 157th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 160th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 161st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 165th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 181st in the regionNicest Citizens: 183rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 184th in the regionBest Weather: 190th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 193rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 197th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 211th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 219th in the regionMost Cultured: 222nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 235th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 251st in the regionLargest Populations: 257th in the regionMost Inclusive: 286th in the regionNudest: 288th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 307th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 384th in the regionMost Income Equality: 435th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 491st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the region

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