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The Refugi Spirit of Oaks 214

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Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The City of Ba Sing Se

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Oaks 214

Population861 million

Currencyplanet
Animalfalcon

The Refugi Spirit of Oaks 214 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its soft-spoken computers, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, devout population of 861 million Oaks 214ians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 56.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Oaks 214ian economy, worth 30.6 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, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 35,596 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, the aims of top-secret Oaks 214ian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman, and the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 214's national animal is the falcon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Oaks 214 is ranked 165,524th in the world and 3,482nd in The City of Ba Sing Se for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 20.11 on the Hayek Index.

Top
10%
Most Avoided: 15,661stMost Income Equality: 17,715thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,341st
Top
5%
Most Income Equality: 65th in the regionNudest: 80th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 155th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 166th in the regionLargest Governments: 168th in the regionTop
10%
Most Avoided: 196th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 222nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 293rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 330th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 331st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, the aims of top-secret Oaks 214ian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, Leader has no checks and balances after the upper house was abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, weather reports simply advise Oaks 214ians to 'look outside'.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, psychological disorders are a taboo subject.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 214, the armed forces pride themselves on being conventional and predictable.

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