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The Grand Duchy of Oktavio

“Pride and Insanity” Grand Duke Octavian XVII

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population2.57 billion

CapitalNew Oktavio
LeaderGrand Duke Octavian XVII


The Grand Duchy of Oktavio is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Duke Octavian XVII with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, ritual sacrifices, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.57 billion Oktavions are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Oktavio. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Oktavioan economy, worth 714 trillion francs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 277,916 francs, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,589,113 per year while the poor average 23,505, a ratio of 67.6 to 1.

Divorce is illegal, former public radio talk pundits are being deployed to front line war zones, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away, and the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Oktavio's national animal is the fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Oktavio is ranked 35,559th in the world and 1,828th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 63.21 on the Human Development Index.

Most Armed: 370thLargest Retail Industry: 382ndFattest Citizens: 403rdHighest Crime Rates: 436thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 455thMost Avoided: 566thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 611thRudest Citizens: 623rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 776thHighest Disposable Incomes: 816thMost Corrupt Governments: 865thLargest Gambling Industry: 880thMost Influential: 1,146thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,157thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,468thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,517thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,558thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,664thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,755thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,879thHighest Average Incomes: 2,088thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,126thLargest Mining Sector: 2,312thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,322ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,445thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,968thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,675thMost Cultured: 5,406thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,217thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,590thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,984thTop
Most Pro-Market: 8,025thMost Efficient Economies: 9,871stLargest Publishing Industry: 11,484thLargest Governments: 11,651stMost Devout: 11,717thHighest Drug Use: 12,141st
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 38th in the regionRudest Citizens: 39th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 43rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 55th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 61st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 66th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 67th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 80th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 87th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 139th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 150th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 173rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 174th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 179th in the regionMost Cultured: 277th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 308th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 362nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 455th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 456th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 483rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 534th in the regionMost Devout: 568th in the regionLargest Governments: 569th in the regionLargest Black Market: 606th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 616th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 633rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Oktavio was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of The Notorious Mad Jack.
  • : Oktavio voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Reducing Food Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, former public radio talk pundits are being deployed to front line war zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, divorce is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, teens are voting on which C-List pop star will be next to be evicted from the opera house.
  • : Following new legislation in Oktavio, only the brainiest citizens become academics.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 173 » Territorio di Nessuno, Siwale, Corfad, Shibutani, Empy, Yaorozu, PlanetPunk, Sundred, Kwaj, United Draconia, Koda-Land, Frances Francis the First of France, Notyoutopia, Atain, Pallaith, Former English Colony, Shin-Hachioji, Shadowrik, Amauri, Holy Oranz, Zeternia, Buckerino, Q w e r t y, Wineclaw, Guslantis, Sacrento, Selfgradatude, Ethnon, Sunto, The United States of Romania, Kulgatha, Sil Dorsett, Maott, Universal State Formula, Malta Comino Gozo, Moubarakistan, Wodan, Zokk, Arstungry, Xentherida, El Fiji Grande, American MapleStory, Diodone, East Wushen, Amestris-Britannia, Dar es Saalam, New Trisone, Pleroma Sans Romans, New Chilokver, Wilkshire, and 123 others.Yubadai, The Iron Lions, The Rhein States, New Pruessen, Yukti, The Most Freedom Ever, Great Bights Mum, Valhalla123, New Bremerton, Niradans, Spartoptia, SORT, General COE, Vincone Cae, Newpromisedland, Votak Matim, Lunallian, Sinelona, New Lakemba, North Bratislava, Kasazzastan, Omnistria, Dyrenell, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Zumlandia, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Napnomadia, Sheldanada, The Windmilluminati, Bearical, Unsophisticate, Hong Kong Empire, Black Templares, Dreadton, Outer Egorniand, Ninjak30, Federation Terra Australis, The Pantheons, The South Falls, Partax, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Pasargad, The Sinclarian Provinces, Alunya, Joodey, Ainsworth, Ozstan, Steraz, Ieprus, Renzic, Union of Austria-Hungary, Egalico, Solmetria, Torakuen, Acrabinnia, Jasminlandia, Guer Aike, Ara Antrizuls, Novare Res, Ibiscaton, Saturns Edge, Norostilors, Zemnaya Svoboda, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Marijuana Haven, Sea Ghost, Orven, Trillius, Misuvelia, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Unimaginable Doom, Ejhsa, The Discipled, Victoriaans Nederlands, Lomjia, 1 very fast endotarter, Ikea Rike, Free Azzaca, Haor Chall, Aratani, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Yummy Blubber, Noahs Second Country, Conservadoria, Test for a new hope, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Antityranicals, Elder Realms, North Altatude, Loli County, Constantinolia, Makersaulache, Kobagia, Xzavia-Hjar, Orado, Glurponia, Great Javadwipa, Penrith, Runeda, Utopicican, Princely Irbis, Daiz, Sockmanland, Seenvorland, Concordare, Cuyan, The Tampa Bay Rays, Duerrlewang, New Octicarg, Some Random TNP Nation, Grimandia, Quebekistand, McMasterdonia, Fizban, Frie Annium, Delmak, Great Robertia, The Stratosphere Islands, and The Notorious Mad Jack.

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