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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,749th Largest Black Market: 2,169th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,382nd
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
We shall never back down
Emperor Justinian VI
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Escanthea

Population7.52 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 sprawling nuclear power plants, smutty television, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.52 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 is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Konstantinopolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 83.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Escanthean economy, worth a remarkable 1,469 trillion Imperial Bezants a year, is fairly 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 195,398 Imperial Bezants, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 561,037 per year while the poor average 54,115, a ratio of 10.4 to 1.

Escantheans are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines, Emperor Justinian VI's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week, and political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads. 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 9,140th in the world and 25th in Wintreath for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 300.6 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,749thLargest Black Market: 2,169thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,382ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,637thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,955thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,225thMost Efficient Economies: 4,437thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,533rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,601stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,070thHighest Average Incomes: 5,466thMost Devout: 5,879thLargest Governments: 6,492ndMost Subsidized Industry: 6,996thHighest Economic Output: 7,244thLowest Crime Rates: 8,042ndTop
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Most Cultured: 9,047thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,140thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,433rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,558thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,920thMost Developed: 12,835thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,425thMost Authoritarian: 16,958th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 10th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Conservative: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Extreme: 21st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Escanthea lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Escanthea lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Escanthea was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Escanthea lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, Emperor Justinian VI's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, Escantheans are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Escanthea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.

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