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Largest Mining Sector: 1,978thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,263rdMost Avoided: 5,771st
The Grace and Precision of
Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Oaks 104

Population2.491 billion


The Grace and Precision of Oaks 104 is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, fear of technology, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 2.491 billion Oaks 104ians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Healthcare, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 37.4%.

The all-consuming Oaks 104ian economy, worth 189 trillion planets a year, is quite specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 75,987 planets, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 220,703 per year while the poor average 20,708, a ratio of 10.7 to 1.

Teddy bears and pajamas have replaced briefcases and suits in Oaks 104's offices, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli, and Leader's former secretary was last sighted on her new yacht. Crime is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Oaks 104's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 104 is ranked 50,727th in the world and 1,581st in Artificial Solar System for Most Primitive, scoring 44.52 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Mining Sector: 1,978thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,263rdTop
Most Avoided: 5,771stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,919thTop
Most Devout: 11,903rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,432ndMost Corrupt Governments: 17,110thLargest Black Market: 17,320thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,701st
Largest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 46th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 157th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 188th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 206th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 236th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 240th in the regionLargest Black Market: 246th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 309th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 315th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 358th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 385th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 411th in the regionRudest Citizens: 446th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 459th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 529th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 535th in the regionMost Patriotic: 551st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 552nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 559th in the region

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