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Largest Insurance Industry: 621stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 919thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 970th
The People's Republic of
Left-Leaning College State Paradise
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Owans

Population4.946 billion

CapitalOwen
LeaderDr Moran

CurrencyOZ
Animalchicken

The People's Republic of Owans is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Dr Moran with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 4.946 billion Owens enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, although Administration and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Owen. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Owansian economy, worth 992 trillion OZZES a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 200,730 OZZES, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One does not simply walk into the tundra, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, and the nation is now proudly cholera-free. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Owans's national animal is the chicken, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Owans is ranked 71,857th in the world and 2,624th in Lazarus for Most Average, scoring 41.38 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 621stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 919thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 970thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,249thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,718thHighest Crime Rates: 1,994thTop
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Most Avoided: 2,489thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,762ndLargest Gambling Industry: 2,826thLargest Mining Sector: 2,892ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,088thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,320thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,445thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,300thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,385thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,762ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,101stHighest Average Incomes: 6,237thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,245thMost Influential: 7,890thMost Secular: 7,897thLargest Retail Industry: 8,188thMost Armed: 8,374thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,577thLargest Black Market: 10,181stTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,976thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,382ndSmartest Citizens: 12,443rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,115thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,307thHighest Economic Output: 17,044thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,255thMost Inclusive: 19,972ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,122nd
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Largest Insurance Industry: 38th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 50th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 52nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 53rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 73rd in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 96th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 96th in the regionMost Avoided: 135th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 141st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 150th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 167th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 171st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 189th in the regionMost Influential: 209th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 217th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 233rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 250th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 278th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 282nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 339th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 401st in the regionMost Secular: 414th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 447th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 499th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 554th in the regionLargest Black Market: 602nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 647th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 668th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 692nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 702nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 705th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Owans was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, the nation is now proudly cholera-free.
  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Owans voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Owans voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, every week is blindness awareness week.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.

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