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The Dictatorship of Fort Esc

“You can't break our spirits!” Alistair Stewart

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Location: the Rejected Realms


Fort Esc

Population5.065 billion

CapitalCabin Control
LeaderAlistair Stewart


The Dictatorship of Fort Esc is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Alistair Stewart with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.065 billion Fort Escians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

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 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Fort Escian economy, worth 623 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 reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 123,080 platcubes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

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 101,516th in the world and 2,843rd in the Rejected Realms for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 611.94 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 4,174thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,584thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,603rdMost Influential: 6,331stMost Subsidized Industry: 6,939thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,974thLowest Crime Rates: 7,396thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,729thMost Developed: 7,746thMost Efficient Economies: 7,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,095thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,320thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 9,062ndLargest Welfare Programs: 9,451stLargest Governments: 10,210thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,402ndBest Weather: 10,753rdMost Cultured: 11,267thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,669thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,787thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,893rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,506thHealthiest Citizens: 12,696thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,842ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,021stHighest Poor Incomes: 13,326thSmartest Citizens: 15,439thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,077thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,362nd
Most Devout: 95th in the regionMost Influential: 112th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 126th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 131st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 171st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 179th in the regionMost Stationary: 180th in the regionMost Developed: 180th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 180th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 187th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 196th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 208th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 211th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 216th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 246th in the regionLargest Governments: 249th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 253rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 253rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 255th in the regionBest Weather: 258th in the regionMost Cultured: 262nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 264th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 272nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 285th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 289th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 291st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 301st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 335th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 336th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 360th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 430th in the region

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