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Most Influential: 526thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,629thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,260th
The Low-Key Den Mother of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
We forever obey Binary, our sovereign rulers
Influence
Envoy
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Some

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Octal

Population14.489 billion

CapitalCircuit City
LeaderThe Warden
FaithBinarism

CurrencyBit
AnimalSilicite

The Low-Key Den Mother of Octal is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Warden with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 14.489 billion Octans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Circuit City. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Oct economy, worth a remarkable 1,046 trillion Bits a year, is highly specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 72,206 Bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens, court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs, pet rocks are sold by the pound, and advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of The Warden's most personal functions. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Octal's national animal is the Silicite, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Binarism.

Octal is ranked 186,096th in the world and 283rd in Capitalist Paradise for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.97 Crimes Per Hour.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Average: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 27th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 28th in the region

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