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Most Primitive: 1,435thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,695thMost Armed: 6,810th
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Oaks 193

Population4.768 billion


The Grace and Precision of Oaks 193 is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, fear of technology, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 4.768 billion Oaks 193ians 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 medium-sized, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 48.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Oaks 193ian economy, worth 390 trillion planets a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Book Publishing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 81,883 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Oaks 193ian junkies argue that poppy stalks are ornamental flowers, polygamy is legal, half-naked men feature prominently in official military materials, and a generation of children conceived in hell and born in strife is growing up inside government-run care villages. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Oaks 193's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 193 is ranked 79,034th in the world and 1,446th in Artificial Solar System for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 2,170.7 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 1,435thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,695thMost Armed: 6,810thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,938thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,480thMost Devout: 12,537thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 19,790thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,829thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23,027thLargest Black Market: 23,863rd
Most Primitive: 11th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 68th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 81st in the regionMost Armed: 82nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 87th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 102nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 120th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 123rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 127th in the regionMost Devout: 130th in the regionMost Developed: 140th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 149th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 206th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 243rd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 270th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 350th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 359th in the regionMost Conservative: 380th in the regionMost Cultured: 405th in the regionFattest Citizens: 428th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 449th in the region

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