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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,427thMost Armed: 6,916thMost Avoided: 9,993rd
The Minimalist Series of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Refuge
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Rare

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Oaks 158

Population1.869 billion

Currencyplanet
Animalfalcon

The Minimalist Series of Oaks 158 is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its closed borders, avowedly heterosexual populace, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.869 billion Oaks 158ians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 63.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Oaks 158ian economy, worth 140 trillion planets a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 75,191 planets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Pre-schoolers who draw stick figures of their favorite celebrities are sued for infringing image rights, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, and homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 158's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 158 is ranked 232,517th in the world and 5,101st in Artificial Solar System for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 15.76 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,427thMost Armed: 6,916thMost Avoided: 9,993rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,764thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,190thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,260thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 12,892ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,859thLargest Black Market: 15,181stMost Conservative: 19,569thMost Authoritarian: 23,635thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23,799th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 56th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 69th in the regionMost Armed: 71st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 85th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 110th in the regionLargest Black Market: 130th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 131st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 137th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 160th in the regionLargest Governments: 224th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 269th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 294th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 296th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 317th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 324th in the regionMost Conservative: 363rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 409th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 415th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 433rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 459th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 468th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 478th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, pre-schoolers who draw stick figures of their favorite celebrities are sued for infringing image rights.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, the dead are minced up and sold to people in burger form.
  • : Oaks 158's influence in Artificial Solar System rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, parents often leave their kids in the car while they attend mindfulness meditation sessions.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 158, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.

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