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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,693rd Largest Black Market: 2,200th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,360th
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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The Empire of Escanthea is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Justinian VI with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, ubiquitous missile silos, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.129 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 isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Konstantinopolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Escanthean economy, worth a remarkable 1,377 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 193,206 Imperial Bezants, with the richest citizens earning 9.5 times as much as the poorest.

Authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets, billions of Imperial Bezants are being poured into a space program, atheists on vacation find The Escanthean Orthodox Church's scriptures make useful doorstops, and clergy do their best to cover up their old tattoos. 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 23,570th in the world and 70th in Wintreath for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,273.31 Tourists Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,693rdTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,200thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,360thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,736thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,828thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,018thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,242ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,380thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,756thHighest Average Incomes: 5,523rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,657thMost Devout: 6,484thLargest Governments: 6,687thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,266thHighest Economic Output: 7,587thLowest Crime Rates: 8,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,664thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,458thMost Cultured: 9,477thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,952ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,201stMost Developed: 12,395thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,972ndMost Conservative: 16,752ndMost Authoritarian: 16,987th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionMost Conservative: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, clergy do their best to cover up their old tattoos.
  • : Escanthea lodged a message on the Wintreath Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, atheists on vacation find The Escanthean Orthodox Church's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, billions of Imperial Bezants are being poured into a space program.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets.
  • : Escanthea was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, holiday gift-giving is often peppered with songs of praise to morally-questionable televangelists.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, one complaint of Escanthea's new periodic table is it's easy to confuse fearlessleaderium with gloriousleaderium.
  • : Following new legislation in Escanthea, anyone who so much as looks at Royalty without the proper amount of deference is punished.

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