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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 547th Safest: 1,338th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,667th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
MiniCult Mermaid
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.669 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, rampant corporate plagiarism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.669 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 1,347 trillion Nectars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 126,339 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, and the government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap. 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 9,560th in the world and 516th in The East Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 84.66 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 547thSafest: 1,338thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,667thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,738thMost Influential: 2,378thMost Pacifist: 2,404thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,421stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,879thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,096thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,153rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,586thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,617thMost Developed: 4,363rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,512thLowest Crime Rates: 4,513thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,529thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,740thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,835thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,847thLargest Governments: 4,974thNicest Citizens: 4,986thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,149thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,170thBest Weather: 5,230thHealthiest Citizens: 5,295thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,277thMost Cultured: 6,551stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,714thSmartest Citizens: 7,640thMost Inclusive: 7,896thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,204thMost Income Equality: 9,560thHighest Economic Output: 9,565thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,861stMost Secular: 10,177thNudest: 13,167thMost Efficient Economies: 13,248thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,402nd
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 33rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 60th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 61st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 64th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 70th in the regionMost Pacifist: 72nd in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 88th in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 119th in the regionMost Developed: 123rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 125th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 132nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 133rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 143rd in the regionBest Weather: 146th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 146th in the regionNicest Citizens: 151st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 152nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 154th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 159th in the regionMost Cultured: 159th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 159th in the regionLargest Populations: 163rd in the regionMost Influential: 168th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 173rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 198th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 203rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 246th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 289th in the regionNudest: 289th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 334th in the regionMost Secular: 353rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 438th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 515th in the regionMost Income Equality: 516th in the region

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