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The Rainboak Mini-series of Oaks 35

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Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The City of Ba Sing Se

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Oaks 35

Population2.982 billion

Currencyplanet
Animalfalcon

The Rainboak Mini-series of Oaks 35 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 2.982 billion Oaks 35ians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Education. The average income tax rate is 72.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oaks 35ian economy, worth 323 trillion planets a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 108,404 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways, Oaks 35ian TV is considered cruel and unusual punishment in other countries, astronomers are flocking to Oaks 35 to take advantage of its clear night skies, and cremation is compulsory for the deceased. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oaks 35's national animal is the falcon, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Oaks 35 is ranked 127,744th in the world and 2,122nd in The City of Ba Sing Se for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 233.67 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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10%
Most Devout: 12,867thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,150thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,504thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,028thSafest: 17,231stMost Inclusive: 17,334thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,414thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,451stMost Efficient Economies: 17,599thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,830thMost Developed: 17,893rdLowest Crime Rates: 19,120thLargest Governments: 21,030thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,896thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,338th
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Most Inclusive: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 38th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Public Education: 41st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 46th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 47th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 52nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 54th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 63rd in the regionSafest: 66th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 70th in the regionMost Devout: 71st in the regionLargest Populations: 78th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 100th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 102nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 117th in the regionMost Influential: 118th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 153rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 159th in the regionNudest: 176th in the regionTop
10%
Most Income Equality: 271st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 318th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 319th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 389th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Oaks 35 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Oaks 35's influence in The City of Ba Sing Se rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, cremation is compulsory for the deceased.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, astronomers are flocking to Oaks 35 to take advantage of its clear night skies.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, Oaks 35ian TV is considered cruel and unusual punishment in other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, the nation's entire cultural heritage is being auctioned off to the rich.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, politicians cheer the nation's surging death rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 35, rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers.

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