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Most Ignorant Citizens: 4,991stMost Primitive: 5,738thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,186th
The Federal Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Oscar,Forever!
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Osc

Population26 million

CurrencyHiveo
AnimalDark panda

The Federal Republic of Osc is a small, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 26 million Ascari are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The relatively small, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. The average income tax rate is 15.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Oscar economy, worth 1.23 trillion Hiveos a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 47,250 Hiveos, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Children have only the most basic of education, prisoners regularly escape detention posing as scarecrows, citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, and strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Osc's national animal is the Dark panda, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Osc is ranked 52,195th in the world and 1,386th in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 36.04 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 4,991stMost Primitive: 5,738thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,186thTop
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Most Primitive: 159th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 162nd in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 587th in the regionFattest Citizens: 763rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 781st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 872nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 974th in the region

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