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The Grace and Precision of Oaks 197


Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Location: Looripica

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.

Oaks 197 is ranked 250,080th in the world and 15th in Looripica for Most Cultured, scoring 47 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Primitive: 5,616thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,643rdMost Devout: 8,194thLargest Mining Sector: 9,478thTop
Largest Black Market: 13,949thMost Corrupt Governments: 24,677th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the region

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