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The Kingdom of Okilua

“From within, treasures from above.”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: the South Pacific

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Okilua

Population254 million

Currencyokiuai
Animalwolf

The Kingdom of Okilua is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 254 million Okis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 50.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Okinese economy, worth 7.77 trillion okiuais a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, Soda Sales, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 30,582 okiuais, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, and murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Okilua's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Okilua is ranked 197,679th in the world and 7,326th in the South Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -12.25 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,194thTop
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Most Income Equality: 17,145thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,806th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 230th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 570th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, no one is worried about government policies any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, the 'Museum Of Stuff We Stole' is a tourist favourite.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Okilua, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.

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