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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,007thLargest Mining Sector: 5,800thMost Devout: 6,080th
The Hundred Oaker Forest of
Corrupt Dictatorship Corrupt Liberal Dictatorship
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Oaks 18

Population4.289 billion


The Hundred Oaker Forest of Oaks 18 is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, ritual sacrifices, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.289 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 237,372nd in the world and 5,031st in Artificial Solar System for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -12.77 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,007thLargest Mining Sector: 5,800thMost Devout: 6,080thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,535thLargest Black Market: 7,851stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,830thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,902ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,769thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,370thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,811thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,689thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,982ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,281stMost Developed: 18,170thMost Efficient Economies: 20,197thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,918thLargest Governments: 22,514thHighest Drug Use: 22,620thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,670thHighest Average Incomes: 23,477th
Most Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 31st in the regionMost Devout: 32nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 35th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 36th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 39th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 40th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 40th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 41st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 49th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 51st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 68th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 72nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 113th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 114th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 124th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 142nd in the regionMost Cultured: 177th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 217th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 300th in the regionNudest: 305th in the regionMost Avoided: 368th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 408th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 446th in the region

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