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The Low-Key Den Mother of Octal

“We forever obey Binary, our sovereign rulers”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: Capitalist Paradise



Population14.265 billion

CapitalCircuit City
LeaderThe Warden


The Low-Key Den Mother of Octal is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Warden with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 14.265 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 Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Circuit City. The average income tax rate is 90.5%.

The very strong Oct economy, worth a remarkable 1,037 trillion Bits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 72,761 Bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens, court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs, pet rocks are sold by the pound, and advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of The Warden's most personal functions. Crime 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 171,479th in the world and 311th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -4.65 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Influential: 536thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,697thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,998thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,536thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,082ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,336thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,767thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,960thBest Weather: 8,434thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,615thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,745thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,095thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,874thLargest Populations: 14,907thLargest Governments: 15,627thHighest Economic Output: 16,174thMost Stationary: 19,410thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,748thSafest: 19,862nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 17th in the regionMost Average: 18th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionBest Weather: 24th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 32nd in the region

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