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The Binarian Puppet Nation of Octal

“We forever obey Binary, our sovereign rulers”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Capitalist Paradise

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Octal

Population12.375 billion

CapitalCircuit City
LeaderThe Warden
FaithBinarism

CurrencyBit
AnimalSilicite

The Binarian Puppet Nation of Octal is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Warden with an even hand, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 12.375 billion Octans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Circuit City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.7%.

The very strong Oct economy, worth 898 trillion Bits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 72,633 Bits, with the richest citizens earning 8.5 times as much as the poorest.

Several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, airport security is provided by private companies, fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget, and throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Octal's national animal is the Silicite, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Binarism.

Octal is ranked 139,466th in the world and 302nd in Capitalist Paradise for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -138.2 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Influential: 707thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,295thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,958thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,030thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 7,973rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,110thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,140thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,334thBest Weather: 8,998thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,889thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,982ndLongest Average Lifespans: 13,442ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,724thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,010th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionBest Weather: 20th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 31st in the region

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