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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,636th Largest Black Market: 1,786th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,061st
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
We shall never back down
Emperor Justinian VI
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Escanthea

Population9.3 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 notable for its infamous sell-swords, keen interest in outer space, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.3 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, 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 80.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Escanthean economy, worth a remarkable 1,908 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 205,198 Imperial Bezants, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 602,975 per year while the poor average 55,014, a ratio of 11.0 to 1.

Schoolboys trained in chivalry are encouraged to duel other boys for a maiden's hand, police officers catch up on their paperwork while handing their caseload to PIs, single celebrities have to repeatedly prove their chastity to avoid being married off to infatuated fans, and the latest "must-have" uPhone is 1/4 mm thinner than last year's uPhone. 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 67,982nd in the world and 122nd in Wintreath for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 989.7 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,636thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,786thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,061stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,701stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,137thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,724thMost Efficient Economies: 4,029thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,074thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,639thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,828thHighest Average Incomes: 5,094thHighest Economic Output: 5,777thMost Devout: 6,107thLargest Governments: 7,062ndMost Subsidized Industry: 7,094thMost Cultured: 8,315thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 8,673rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,582ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,611thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,887thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,222ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,644thMost Developed: 13,952ndLargest Mining Sector: 15,342ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,579th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionMost Conservative: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 23rd in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 27th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 29th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 30th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 31st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 31st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 33rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 36th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, the latest "must-have" uPhone is 1/4 mm thinner than last year's uPhone.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, single celebrities have to repeatedly prove their chastity to avoid being married off to infatuated fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, police officers catch up on their paperwork while handing their caseload to PIs.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, schoolboys trained in chivalry are encouraged to duel other boys for a maiden's hand.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers.
  • : Escanthea was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Escanthea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Escanthea was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Socialist Frostland of Kadonia, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Escanthea was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Socialist Frostland of Kadonia, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Escanthea was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Socialist Frostland of Kadonia, curing 1 million infected.

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