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Most Armed: 5,871stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,334thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,835th
The Union of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Imperium in Imperio
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.269 billion

LeaderUnionis dux Apian

CurrencyEssian Dollar
AnimalEssian Northern Eagle

The Union of Essi is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Unionis dux Apian with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.269 billion Essins have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Réma. The average income tax rate is 49.3%.

The all-consuming Essian economy, worth 308 trillion Essian Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 94,224 Essian Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice, and a burger chain recently changed its name to Mack Donaldz for legal reasons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Essi's national animal is the Essian Northern Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Essi is ranked 48,524th in the world and 1,411th in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 2,998.03 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most Armed: 5,871stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,334thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,835thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,821stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,056thLargest Mining Sector: 21,210th
Most Armed: 129th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 302nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 383rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 513th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 597th in the regionMost Average: 606th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 660th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 709th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 752nd in the regionMost Cultured: 785th in the regionLargest Black Market: 815th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 816th in the regionMost Developed: 879th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 903rd in the region

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