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Most Secular: 6,298thLargest Mining Sector: 9,103rdLargest Retail Industry: 12,188th
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Oaks 194

Population4.767 billion


The Grace and Precision of Oaks 194 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, strictly enforced bedtime, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.767 billion Oaks 194ians 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, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 46.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oaks 194ian economy, worth 414 trillion planets a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 86,869 planets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Families returning from international vacations are unable to get their children back into the country, chemically brainwashed citizens praise Leader's name on an hourly basis, foragers descend on national cemeteries for 'all-you-can-dig-up' extravaganzas, and the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 194's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 194 is ranked 113,433rd in the world and 2,062nd in Artificial Solar System for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 1,170.51 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most Secular: 6,298thLargest Mining Sector: 9,103rdLargest Retail Industry: 12,188thMost Primitive: 12,913thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14,160thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,263rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,306thLargest Black Market: 16,440thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,550thFattest Citizens: 18,283rdMost Subsidized Industry: 24,270thMost Corrupt Governments: 24,955th
Most Secular: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 61st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 105th in the regionMost Developed: 117th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 120th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 129th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 131st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 136th in the regionFattest Citizens: 151st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 196th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 272nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 273rd in the regionMost Primitive: 299th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 350th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 352nd in the regionSafest: 454th in the regionMost Avoided: 472nd in the region

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