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Most Devout: 4,444thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,634thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,747th
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Alistair Stewart
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Fort Esc

Population6.625 billion

CapitalCabin Control
LeaderAlistair Stewart


The Dictatorship of Fort Esc is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Alistair Stewart with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.625 billion Fort Escians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cabin Control. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Fort Escian economy, worth 816 trillion platcubes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,215 platcubes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best, burning twigs to keep warm while lost in the wild is now a felony, and young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Fort Esc's national animal is the tardigrade, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Fort Esc is ranked 142,178th in the world and 5,270th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 32.56 on the Rand Index.

Most Devout: 4,444thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,634thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,747thMost Influential: 7,097thLowest Crime Rates: 7,267thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,402ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,430thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,830thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,055thMost Developed: 8,493rdMost Advanced Public Education: 9,677thBest Weather: 9,756thLargest Governments: 10,037thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,167thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,236thTop
Most Cultured: 10,762ndMost Efficient Economies: 11,584thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,883rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,038thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,262ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,722ndHighest Poor Incomes: 12,947thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,063rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,385thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,118thSmartest Citizens: 14,485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,103rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,690th
Most Influential: 209th in the regionMost Devout: 214th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 384th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 395th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 395th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 396th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 419th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 438th in the regionMost Developed: 441st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 442nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 527th in the regionBest Weather: 555th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 576th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 585th in the regionLargest Governments: 593rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 606th in the regionMost Cultured: 626th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 678th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 686th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 691st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 703rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 744th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 745th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 762nd in the region

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