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The Hundred Oaker Forest of Oaks 39

“Refuge”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The City of Ba Sing Se

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Oaks 39

Population2.899 billion

Currencyplanet
Animalfalcon

The Hundred Oaker Forest of Oaks 39 is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.899 billion Oaks 39ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 73.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Oaks 39ian economy, worth 347 trillion planets a year, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 119,790 planets, with the richest citizens earning 6.9 times as much as the poorest.

The government is often referred to as "the biggest drug dealer in the nation", little girls are in tears as Leader confiscates their pink princess ballgowns, the blind lead the blind in social welfare, and citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Oaks 39's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Oaks 39 is ranked 202,218th in the world and 3,615th in The City of Ba Sing Se for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -80.34 on the Hayek Index.

Top
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,830thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,776thLargest Black Market: 8,158thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,148thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,794thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,007thTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11,471stLargest Mining Sector: 11,479thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,845thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,196thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,552ndMost Developed: 15,038thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,139thMost Efficient Economies: 17,018thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,214thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,058thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,274thMost Avoided: 20,907thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,278th
Top
1%
Most Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionTop
5%
Most Corrupt Governments: 43rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 44th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 51st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 100th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 119th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 120th in the regionLargest Populations: 144th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 165th in the regionTop
10%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 277th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, the blind lead the blind in social welfare.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, little girls are in tears as Leader confiscates their pink princess ballgowns.
  • : Oaks 39 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending and the Top 10% for Largest Trout Fishing Sector and Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, the government is often referred to as "the biggest drug dealer in the nation".
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, the sound of wooden legs echo throughout Oaks 39 after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, large areas of Oaks 39 are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Oaks 39, tourists aren't the only ones that talk about coming back from a trip.

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