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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 833rdLargest Insurance Industry: 1,030thLargest Mining Sector: 1,198th
The Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Might Makes Right
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Echo Expanse

Population4.394 billion

CapitalEmpyrea
LeaderCarmilla Latimer

CurrencyToken
AnimalPeacock

The Dictatorship of The Echo Expanse is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Carmilla Latimer with an iron fist, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, vat-grown people, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.394 billion Echoes are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Empyrea. The average income tax rate is 57.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Echo Expansean economy, worth a remarkable 1,273 trillion Tokens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 289,806 Tokens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

The government takes agricultural advice from a wasp-themed superhero, more and more people are signing up for the government party, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes, and escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Echo Expanse's national animal is the Peacock, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Echo Expanse is ranked 207,168th in the world and 445th in Forest for Least Corrupt Governments, with 9.59 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 833rdLargest Insurance Industry: 1,030thLargest Mining Sector: 1,198thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,379thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,383rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,418thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,549thMost Avoided: 1,785thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,799thLargest Retail Industry: 1,834thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,847thLargest Black Market: 1,861stFattest Citizens: 1,868thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,191stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,418thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,599thMost Secular: 3,190thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,283rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,127thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,466thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,420thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,675thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,489thMost Efficient Economies: 9,601stLargest Governments: 9,693rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 11,205thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,727thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,742ndMost Conservative: 11,929thHighest Economic Output: 12,827thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,604thLargest Gambling Industry: 16,826thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,442ndMost Authoritarian: 19,182nd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22nd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25th in the regionMost Conservative: 28th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Secular: 34th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and the Top 5% for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in The Echo Expanse, escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails'.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and the Top 5% for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : The Echo Expanse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market and the Top 5% for Largest Governments.

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