The Grace and Precision of Oaks 197
|Category: Corrupt Dictatorship|
Regional Influence: Contender
The Grace and Precision of Oaks 197 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, strictly enforced bedtime, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 3.554 billion Oaks 197ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.
The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 51.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The strong Oaks 197ian economy, worth 197 trillion planets 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 55,462 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
Ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box, residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling, the jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism, and the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 197's national animal is the falcon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Oaks 197's influence in Looripica fell from "Powerbroker" to "Contender".
- : Oaks 197 resigned from the World Assembly.
- : Oaks 197's influence in Looripica rose from "Zero" to "Powerbroker".
- : Oaks 197 relocated from Artificial Solar System to Looripica.
- : Oaks 197 endorsed The Disputed Territories of Corvo-7.
- : Oaks 197 endorsed The Commonwealth of Paleo 6.
- : Oaks 197 endorsed The Free Land of Federative Union of New England.
- : Oaks 197 relocated from Target Region 46 to Artificial Solar System.
- : Oaks 197 relocated from Artificial Solar System to Target Region 46.
- : Oaks 197 was endorsed by The Republic of Arrow of Time.