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The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade


Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population10.339 billion

CapitalEmpyreal City
LeaderSofia Escade


The Sparkly Mermaid of Escade is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sofia Escade with a fair hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, sprawling nuclear power plants, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.339 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 1,281 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.

Every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries, 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, and young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield. 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 95,296th in the world and 3,998th in The East Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 771.56 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 813thSafest: 1,388thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,619thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,668thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,342ndMost Pacifist: 2,394thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,926thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,013thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,214thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,595thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,595thMost Developed: 4,383rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,513thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,562ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,651stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,852ndBest Weather: 4,886thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,889thNicest Citizens: 4,903rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,977thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,989thLargest Governments: 5,130thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,162ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,260thMost Influential: 5,366thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,538thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,540thMost Cultured: 6,754thSmartest Citizens: 7,822ndTop
Most Inclusive: 8,485thMost Income Equality: 9,202ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,509thHighest Economic Output: 9,830thMost Secular: 9,845thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,515thNudest: 13,307thMost Efficient Economies: 14,026thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,550th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 48th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 60th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 69th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 74th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 93rd in the regionLargest Governments: 114th in the regionMost Developed: 116th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 119th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 132nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 135th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 136th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 137th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 137th in the regionBest Weather: 139th in the regionNicest Citizens: 149th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 150th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 155th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 157th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 163rd in the regionMost Cultured: 167th in the regionLargest Populations: 171st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 188th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 218th in the regionMost Inclusive: 280th in the regionNudest: 289th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 291st in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 348th in the regionMost Secular: 354th in the regionMost Income Equality: 399th in the regionMost Influential: 408th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 452nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 527th in the region

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