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The Low-Key Den Mother of Octal

“We forever obey Binary, our sovereign rulers”

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

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Capitalist Paradise

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Octal

Population15.927 billion

CapitalCircuit City
LeaderThe Warden
FaithBinarism

CurrencyBit
AnimalSilicite

The Low-Key Den Mother of Octal is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Warden with an even hand, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 15.927 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Environment, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Circuit City. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Oct economy, worth a remarkable 1,162 trillion Bits a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Arms Manufacturing industry. Average income is 72,995 Bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of The Warden's most personal functions, mandatory electronic currency is a boon for credit card companies and government surveillance, the nation has recently been attributed to the funding of terrorist organisations, and tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of historical leaders at Mount Rushless. 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 211,815th in the world and 294th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Extreme, scoring 6.8 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Influential: 440thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,548thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,064thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,509thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,915thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,183rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,858thBest Weather: 7,239thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,324thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,489thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,808thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,643rdTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12,973rdLargest Populations: 14,516thLargest Governments: 15,597thHighest Economic Output: 15,762ndMost Stationary: 17,097thSafest: 17,416thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,573rdLowest Crime Rates: 20,230thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,101stMost Cultured: 21,391stLargest Welfare Programs: 22,503rd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 16th in the regionMost Average: 16th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 19th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 26th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionSafest: 30th in the region

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