by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 542ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,711thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,728th
The Low-Key Den Mother of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
We forever obey Binary, our sovereign rulers
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population14.041 billion

CapitalCircuit City
LeaderThe Warden


The Low-Key Den Mother of Octal is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Warden with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 14.041 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 Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Circuit City. The average income tax rate is 90.2%.

The very strong Oct economy, worth a remarkable 1,021 trillion Bits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 72,739 Bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 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 191,577th in the world and 354th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -7.55 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Influential: 542ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,711thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,728thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,647thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,272ndMost Beautiful Environments: 7,974thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,234thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,237thBest Weather: 8,626thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,865thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,876thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,015thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 13,803rdLargest Populations: 14,744thLargest Governments: 16,017thHighest Economic Output: 16,125thMost Stationary: 19,742ndSafest: 20,698thLargest Welfare Programs: 21,240thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,801st
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionMost Average: 18th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 27th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 33rd in the region

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