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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,647th Largest Black Market: 1,990th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,235th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
We shall never back down
Emperor Justinian VI
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Empire of Escanthea is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Justinian VI with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, strictly enforced bedtime, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.794 billion Escantheans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, 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 1,313 trillion Imperial Bezants a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 193,274 Imperial Bezants, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has always been at war with Bigtopia, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Imperial Bezant charge on their phone bill, child adoption by homosexual couples has been outlawed, and police are trained in using their steel-capped boots as a tool of law enforcement. 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 9,885th in the world and 28th in Wintreath for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 4,194.02 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,647thTop
Largest Black Market: 1,990thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,235thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,637thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,672ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,265thMost Efficient Economies: 4,301stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,367thHighest Average Incomes: 5,297thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,362ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,429thLargest Governments: 6,849thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,989thHighest Economic Output: 7,788thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,465thLowest Crime Rates: 8,691stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,226thMost Cultured: 9,398thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,885thMost Devout: 10,051stMost Developed: 11,661stHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,983rdMost Conservative: 14,521stMost Authoritarian: 14,931stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,656thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,316th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 16th in the regionMost Extreme: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the region

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