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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,378thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,889thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,028th
The Disputed Territories of
Authoritarian Democracy
We Always Choose the First!
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Civil Rights
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OptionOners

Population3.986 billion

CapitalAn unnamed place
LeaderLtd First Class
FaithThe First Choice

Currencyflorin
AnimalFirstBorn

The Disputed Territories of OptionOners is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ltd First Class with an even hand, and notable for its parental licensing program, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 3.986 billion First-Optioners are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of An unnamed place. The average income tax rate is 62.4%.

The frighteningly efficient First economy, worth 795 trillion florins 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. 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 199,487 florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

The decision to be oppressed is now made democratically, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, and immigrants are required to salute the flag five times a day. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. OptionOners's national animal is the FirstBorn, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is The First Choice.

OptionOners is ranked 177,196th in the world and 108th in Equilism for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -5.37 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,378thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,889thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,028thTop
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Most Armed: 2,121stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,297thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,585thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,555thMost Devout: 4,398thLargest Black Market: 4,691stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,544thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,113thHighest Average Incomes: 6,353rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,497thLowest Crime Rates: 7,082ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,286thMost Efficient Economies: 7,885thHealthiest Citizens: 8,316thLargest Mining Sector: 8,732ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,151stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,004thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 11,141stHighest Poor Incomes: 11,672ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,888thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,894thLargest Governments: 15,233rdSmartest Citizens: 15,965th
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Most Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : OptionOners was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, immigrants are required to salute the flag five times a day.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, the decision to be oppressed is now made democratically.
  • : OptionOners was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, families returning from international vacations are unable to get their children back into the country.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election".
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, flight attendants rip down curtains with revolutionary fervor.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.

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