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Largest Black Market: 1,789th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,061st Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,180th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
We shall never back down
Emperor Justinian VI
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Region
Civil Rights
Rare
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Escanthea

Population9.874 billion

CapitalNew Konstantinopolis
LeaderEmperor Justinian VI
FaithThe Escanthean Orthodox Church

CurrencyImperial Bezant
AnimalWinged Komodo Dragon

The Empire of Escanthea is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Justinian VI with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.874 billion Escantheans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Social Policy receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Konstantinopolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 81.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Escanthean economy, worth a remarkable 2,028 trillion Imperial Bezants a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 205,423 Imperial Bezants, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 597,514 per year while the poor average 55,869, a ratio of 10.7 to 1.

Kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents, the nation gives peace a chance - usually one in a million, family bonding sessions are considered immoral and are banned, and many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Escanthea's national animal is the Winged Komodo Dragon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Escanthean Orthodox Church.

Escanthea is ranked 9,615th in the world and 3rd in Almaren for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 391.77 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Black Market: 1,789thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,061stLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,180thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,850thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,304thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,831stMost Efficient Economies: 3,983rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,024thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,711thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,786thHighest Average Incomes: 5,163rdMost Devout: 5,526thHighest Economic Output: 5,611thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,838thLargest Governments: 6,906thMost Cultured: 7,569thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,163rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 9,346thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,615thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,109thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,809thMost Developed: 13,700thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,392ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,294thLargest Mining Sector: 16,463rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,069th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the region

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