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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 192ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,285thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,586th
The Şeodwalda Cynning of
Moralistic Democracy
Until the End, Never Broken
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Esplandia

Population15.82 billion

CapitalKarşied
LeaderEmperor Irwin IV
FaithEallostianism

CurrencyScyld
AnimalFalcon

The Şeodwalda Cynning of Esplandia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Irwin IV with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 15.82 billion Esplandians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karşied. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Esplandish economy, worth a remarkable 2,474 trillion Scylds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 156,399 Scylds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Kids are gathering at the local soda shop to celebrate staying out past sundown, international negotiations always lead to a lot of missile-laneous expenses, the nation is relieved that all of the recent madness has finally come to an end, and power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Esplandia's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Eallostianism.

Esplandia is ranked 160,887th in the world and 6,968th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 17.47 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 192ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,285thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,586thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 3,075thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,914thMost Cultured: 4,976thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,035thLargest Black Market: 5,485thMost Efficient Economies: 5,496thMost Devout: 6,053rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,072ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,098thLargest Retail Industry: 6,138thMost Developed: 6,689thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,728thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,898thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,013thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,131stLargest Publishing Industry: 7,613thHighest Economic Output: 7,721stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,017thLargest Governments: 8,955thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,523rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,581stMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,145thHealthiest Citizens: 10,213thSmartest Citizens: 11,414thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,239thBest Weather: 13,555thMost Influential: 13,841stHighest Average Incomes: 14,654thTop
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Highest Food Quality: 15,549thLargest Populations: 19,884thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,037thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27,327th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 76th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 123rd in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 139th in the regionLargest Black Market: 146th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 157th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 175th in the regionMost Devout: 186th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 187th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 238th in the regionMost Cultured: 257th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 263rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 287th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 318th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 326th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 345th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 366th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 371st in the regionMost Developed: 377th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 393rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 402nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 408th in the regionLargest Governments: 465th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 467th in the regionLargest Populations: 471st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 477th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 601st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 609th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 616th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 635th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 696th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 767th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 821st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 852nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,169th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, the nation is relieved that all of the recent madness has finally come to an end.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, international negotiations always lead to a lot of missile-laneous expenses.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, kids are gathering at the local soda shop to celebrate staying out past sundown.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, enemy agents often find themselves caught in a bind.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, citizens wouldn't recognise Emperor Irwin IV if they passed one another on the street.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, there's more than one way to skin a diplomat.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, foreign football clubs wave the Esplandish flag before every game.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, it turns out you can teach cats new tricks.
  • : Following new legislation in Esplandia, the military has gone fission for more funding.

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