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The Commonwealth of United Counties of Escanaba

“All men are worms, but I am a glow worm.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Philippines


United Counties of Escanaba

Population19.57 billion

CapitalGreat Bend
LeaderJ R R Tolkien

Animalsnowy owl

The Commonwealth of United Counties of Escanaba is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by J R R Tolkien with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 19.57 billion Escanabans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Great Bend. The average income tax rate is 90.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient United Counties of Escanaban economy, worth a remarkable 3,075 trillion Rois a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 157,132 Rois, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Restaurants are required to specify whether their toilet paper was made in United Counties of Escanaba, United Counties of Escanaban police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, and televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events. Crime is totally unknown. United Counties of Escanaba's national animal is the snowy owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

United Counties of Escanaba is ranked 4,634th in the world and 11th in Philippines for Highest Economic Output, with 3,075 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Publishing Industry: 563rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,744thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,351stTop
Most Cultured: 2,465thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,683rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,963rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,292ndSmartest Citizens: 3,558thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,160thMost Developed: 4,197thHighest Economic Output: 4,634thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,819thMost Efficient Economies: 4,965thNicest Citizens: 5,098thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,219thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,250thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,507thBest Weather: 5,530thSafest: 5,561stLargest Governments: 7,650thLargest Populations: 8,012thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,169thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,175thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,755thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,988thNudest: 10,080thMost Inclusive: 10,092ndLongest Average Lifespans: 11,104thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,409thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,558thHighest Average Incomes: 12,744thMost Politically Free: 15,281stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,402ndMost Pacifist: 15,553rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,057thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,057thLowest Crime Rates: 16,489thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,419thMost Secular: 20,753rdHealthiest Citizens: 22,390th
Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the region

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