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Largest Insurance Industry: 632ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 921stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 957th
The People's Republic of
Left-Leaning College State
Do What You Will
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Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Owans

Population4.98 billion

CapitalOwen
LeaderDr Moran

CurrencyOZ
Animalchicken

The People's Republic of Owans is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Dr Moran with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 4.98 billion Owens enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, although Administration and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Owen. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Owansian economy, worth 992 trillion OZZES a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 199,240 OZZES, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, transgender and agender are on the education agenda, the nation is stuck in permanent election mode as politicians demand constant do-overs, and teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Owans's national animal is the chicken, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Owans is ranked 192,731st in the world and 6,955th in Lazarus for Most Primitive, scoring -297.65 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 632ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 921stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 957thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,219thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,728thHighest Crime Rates: 2,032ndTop
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Most Avoided: 2,550thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,850thLargest Mining Sector: 2,949thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,979thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,013thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,440thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,664thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,308thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,477thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,524thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,035thHighest Average Incomes: 6,315thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,484thMost Influential: 7,369thMost Secular: 7,915thLargest Retail Industry: 8,656thMost Armed: 8,800thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,965thTop
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Largest Black Market: 10,578thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,855thSmartest Citizens: 11,973rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,312thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,060thMost Efficient Economies: 13,610thFattest Citizens: 13,851stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,238thHighest Economic Output: 17,043rdMost Inclusive: 17,201st
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Largest Insurance Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 43rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 46th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 48th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 72nd in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 90th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 109th in the regionMost Avoided: 140th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 144th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 153rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 162nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 179th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 196th in the regionMost Influential: 196th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 232nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 238th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 239th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 260th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 287th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 340th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 408th in the regionMost Armed: 432nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 469th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 506th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 524th in the regionFattest Citizens: 593rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 614th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 637th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 683rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 686th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 692nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 720th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 750th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank.
  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, the nation is stuck in permanent election mode as politicians demand constant do-overs.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, transgender and agender are on the education agenda.
  • : Owans was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, late night talk show hosts are having a field day over Dr Moran's questionably sane new coalition partners.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, mandatory neutering has made purebred dogs a thing of the past.

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