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The Dictatorship of Fort Esc

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

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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Fort Esc

Population6.797 billion

CapitalCabin Control
LeaderAlistair Stewart
FaithChristianity

Currencyplatcube
Animaltardigrade

The Dictatorship of Fort Esc is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Alistair Stewart with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, free-roaming dinosaurs, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.797 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 837 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 192,974th in the world and 6,963rd in Lazarus for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 42.18 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Top
5%
Most Devout: 4,475thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,601stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,848thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,260thLowest Crime Rates: 7,287thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,455thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,742ndMost Subsidized Industry: 8,156thMost Developed: 8,525thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,699thBest Weather: 9,779thLargest Governments: 9,964thTop
10%
Largest Welfare Programs: 10,423rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,443rdMost Cultured: 10,654thMost Efficient Economies: 11,688thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,033rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,183rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,810thHealthiest Citizens: 12,967thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,309thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,473rdMost Corrupt Governments: 14,405thSmartest Citizens: 14,520thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,877thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,357thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,815thMost Influential: 19,388thHighest Economic Output: 20,325th
Top
5%
Most Devout: 228th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 367th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 367th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 382nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 391st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 403rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 419th in the regionMost Developed: 428th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 429th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 496th in the regionMost Influential: 498th in the regionBest Weather: 538th in the regionLargest Governments: 553rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 577th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 577th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 592nd in the regionMost Cultured: 596th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 679th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 683rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 702nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 722nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 752nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Fort Esc's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Fort Esc was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential, Most Developed, Most Advanced Public Education, Most Beautiful Environments, and Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Fort Esc's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Fort Esc was refounded in Lazarus.

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