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The Refugi Spirit of Oaks 202


Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Very Strong
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Artificial Solar System


Oaks 202

Population3.264 billion


The Refugi Spirit of Oaks 202 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its fear of technology, compulsory military service, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.264 billion Oaks 202ians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 67.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Oaks 202ian economy, worth 229 trillion planets a year, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 70,379 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All you have to do is pray to get into Oaks 202, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms, there's a revolutionary culture in the nation's dairies, and zombie-like crowds of hard drug users stumble through the streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 202's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 202 is ranked 189,142nd in the world and 3,516th in Artificial Solar System for Most Inclusive, scoring 96 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Most Primitive: 946thTop
Most Patriotic: 5,217thNudest: 5,833rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,822ndMost Devout: 9,242ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,009thTop
Largest Black Market: 12,842ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,734thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,572ndMost Advanced Public Education: 18,657thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,970th
Most Primitive: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 37th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 58th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 75th in the regionMost Devout: 106th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 116th in the regionNudest: 125th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 160th in the regionMost Cultured: 190th in the regionLargest Black Market: 217th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 246th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 270th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 300th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 356th in the regionLargest Governments: 367th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 470th in the region

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