by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 832nd Safest: 1,385th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,612th
The Sparkly Mermaid of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.332 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 ban on automobiles, free-roaming dinosaurs, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.332 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 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Escadean economy, worth a remarkable 1,279 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 123,826 Nectars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children wondering what happens to pets after they die are shown where the compost heap is, lobster tastes best when it is red, an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Empyreal City, and every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries. 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 4,860th in the world and 149th in The East Pacific for Nicest Citizens, with 40.04 Average Smiles Per Day.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 832ndSafest: 1,385thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,612thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,656thMost Pacifist: 2,198thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,430thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,919thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,001stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,258thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,272ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,595thMost Developed: 4,379thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,506thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,552ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,643rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,850thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,859thNicest Citizens: 4,860thBest Weather: 4,878thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,916thHealthiest Citizens: 4,967thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,164thLargest Governments: 5,171stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,239thMost Influential: 5,616thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,539thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,568thMost Cultured: 6,746thSmartest Citizens: 7,781stTop
Most Inclusive: 8,407thMost Income Equality: 9,231stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,409thHighest Economic Output: 9,837thMost Secular: 9,859thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,515thNudest: 13,115thMost Efficient Economies: 14,010thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,515th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 54th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 56th in the regionMost Pacifist: 60th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 93rd in the regionLargest Governments: 116th in the regionMost Developed: 116th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 118th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 132nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 134th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 137th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 137th in the regionBest Weather: 139th in the regionNicest Citizens: 149th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 151st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 151st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 157th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 162nd in the regionMost Cultured: 166th in the regionLargest Populations: 171st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 189th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 218th in the regionMost Inclusive: 278th in the regionNudest: 285th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 289th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 345th in the regionMost Secular: 355th in the regionMost Income Equality: 400th in the regionMost Influential: 419th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 448th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the region

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