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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 772nd Safest: 1,392nd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,623rd
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.345 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.345 billion Escadians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Empyreal City. The average income tax rate is 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Escadean economy, worth a remarkable 1,282 trillion Nectars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry. Average income is an impressive 123,960 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation doesn't need to go to war in order to acquire new territory, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield, and some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Escade's national animal is the Hummingbird, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Escade is ranked 144,650th in the world and 6,186th in The East Pacific for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -8.32 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 772ndSafest: 1,392ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,623rdTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,672ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,342ndMost Pacifist: 2,398thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,940thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,022ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,223rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,600thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,601stMost Developed: 4,387thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,513thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,566thLowest Crime Rates: 4,661stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,853rdBest Weather: 4,898thNicest Citizens: 4,909thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,962ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,986thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,995thLargest Governments: 5,141stMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,168thMost Influential: 5,242ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,277thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,545thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,546thMost Cultured: 6,766thSmartest Citizens: 7,845thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,494thMost Income Equality: 9,262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,522ndHighest Economic Output: 9,856thMost Secular: 9,897thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,543rdNudest: 13,349thMost Efficient Economies: 14,054thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,580th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 48th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 61st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 70th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 92nd in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionMost Developed: 115th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 119th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 132nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 134th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 136th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 136th in the regionBest Weather: 138th in the regionNicest Citizens: 148th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 151st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 153rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 157th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 161st in the regionMost Cultured: 167th in the regionLargest Populations: 170th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 188th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 218th in the regionMost Inclusive: 278th in the regionNudest: 289th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 290th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 349th in the regionMost Secular: 355th in the regionMost Influential: 401st in the regionMost Income Equality: 405th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 453rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the region

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