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The Commonwealth of Oskoldia

“Don't bother us; Live in peace”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population2.521 billion



The Commonwealth of Oskoldia is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by BelSon with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.521 billion Oskolds are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 86.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oskoldian economy, worth 372 trillion Osks a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Woodchip Exports, Furniture Restoration, Uranium Mining, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 147,851 Osks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead", religious officials are furious after discovering that things made of stone do not burn well at the stake, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts, and Jennifer Government is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oskoldia's national animal is the panther, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Oskoldia is ranked 3,275th in the world and 250th in The East Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 19,447 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 324thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 463rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 616thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 886thMost Primitive: 1,317thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,744thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,784thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,827thLargest Black Market: 2,879thMost Influential: 3,275thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,424thLargest Mining Sector: 3,602ndNudest: 4,099thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,627thLowest Crime Rates: 5,809thMost Devout: 6,796thMost Avoided: 6,956thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,765thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,595thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,558thLargest Governments: 11,680thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,792ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,247thHighest Average Incomes: 12,865thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,928thMost Efficient Economies: 14,303rd
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Primitive: 36th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 50th in the regionLargest Black Market: 54th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 58th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 84th in the regionNudest: 96th in the regionMost Avoided: 117th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 135th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 140th in the regionMost Devout: 166th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 213th in the regionMost Influential: 250th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 264th in the regionLargest Governments: 273rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 298th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 303rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 314th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 317th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 337th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 491st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 560th in the regionMost Stationary: 577th in the region

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