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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,633rd Largest Black Market: 2,006th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,176th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
We shall never back down
Emperor Justinian VI
Regional Influence
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 closed borders, strictly enforced bedtime, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.42 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 81.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Escanthean economy, worth a remarkable 1,240 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 146,449th in the world and 238th in Wintreath for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 11.67 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,633rdLargest Black Market: 2,006thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,176thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,556thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,810thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,025thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,164thMost Efficient Economies: 4,355thHighest Average Incomes: 5,187thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,227thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,446thLargest Governments: 6,867thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,910thTop
Highest Economic Output: 8,120thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,299thLowest Crime Rates: 8,625thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,913thMost Cultured: 9,341stMost Devout: 9,578thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,187thMost Developed: 11,135thMost Conservative: 12,422ndMost Authoritarian: 12,774thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,090th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionMost Extreme: 21st in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the region

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