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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,308thHighest Crime Rates: 2,905thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,838th
The Vestigial Realm of
Compulsory Consumerist State
By necessity, bent and broken
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Espin

Population17.866 billion

CapitalEsrium
Leaderits Duke
FaithMarcevangelist Catholicism

CurrencySantherese lira
AnimalPeregrine Falcon

The Vestigial Realm of Espin is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by its Duke with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, suspicion of poets, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 17.866 billion Espians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Esrium. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.1%.

The thriving Espian economy, worth a remarkable 1,422 trillion Santherese lire a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 79,638 Santherese lire, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 360,597 per year while the poor average 10,796, a ratio of 33.4 to 1.

Criminals are put to death while cuddling their favourite teddy bear, all tariffs have been abolished, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes, and the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit. Crime is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Espin's national animal is the Peregrine Falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Marcevangelist Catholicism.

Espin is ranked 23,576th in the world and 5th in Paradoxia for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,308thHighest Crime Rates: 2,905thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,838thFattest Citizens: 6,357thMost Avoided: 6,867thLargest Retail Industry: 7,644thLargest Populations: 7,651stTop
10%
Most Armed: 9,921stHighest Economic Output: 10,857thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,545thMost Pro-Market: 11,931stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,171stLargest Gambling Industry: 13,630thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,652ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16,700thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,816thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,507th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Espin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Espin's influence in Paradoxia rose from "Hatchling" to "Squire".
  • : Espin relocated from Balder to Paradoxia.
  • : Espin altered its national flag.

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