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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,015thLargest Mining Sector: 5,805thMost Devout: 6,086th
The Hundred Oaker Forest of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Oaks 18

Population4.283 billion


The Hundred Oaker Forest of Oaks 18 is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, digital currency, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.283 billion Oaks 18ians 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 Education, Defense, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 74.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oaks 18ian economy, worth 514 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 Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. 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 120,013 planets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love, pulling weeds is seen as a threat to national security, all recreational drugs are legal, and lion-reed-vulture-hand-reed-mouth is how Leader is spelt now. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 18's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 18 is ranked 18,192nd in the world and 25th in Artificial Solar System for Most Developed, scoring 84.45 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,015thLargest Mining Sector: 5,805thMost Devout: 6,086thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,548thLargest Black Market: 7,863rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,837thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,903rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,805thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,402ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,816thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,686thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,001stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,337thMost Developed: 18,192ndMost Efficient Economies: 20,207thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,932ndLargest Governments: 22,527thHighest Drug Use: 22,691stHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,712thHighest Average Incomes: 23,488th
Most Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionMost Devout: 32nd in the regionLargest Governments: 33rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 35th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 38th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 39th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 42nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 42nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 50th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 51st in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 68th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 73rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 116th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 117th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 127th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 144th in the regionMost Cultured: 176th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 219th in the regionTop
Nudest: 307th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 309th in the regionMost Avoided: 369th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 413th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 447th in the region

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