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The People's Republic of Owans

“Do What You Will”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Owans

Population5.222 billion

CapitalOwen
LeaderDr Moran

CurrencyOZ
Animalchicken

The People's Republic of Owans is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Dr Moran with an even hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.222 billion Owens enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The minute, liberal, socially-minded government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, with Administration, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Owen. The average income tax rate is 1.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Owansian economy, worth 965 trillion OZZES 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. 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 an impressive 184,880 OZZES, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers', fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt, and all judiciary cases are decided in the court of public opinion. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Owans's national animal is the chicken, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Owans is ranked 214,641st in the world and 7,275th in Lazarus for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 11.7 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 812thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,045thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,268thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,501stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,053rdTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,550thHighest Crime Rates: 2,561stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,876thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,075thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,681stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,808thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,964thLargest Mining Sector: 4,001stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,408thMost Avoided: 4,769thMost Influential: 5,143rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,964thHighest Average Incomes: 7,792ndLargest Black Market: 8,052ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,334thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,289thSmartest Citizens: 10,049thMost Inclusive: 10,156thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,186thMost Secular: 11,295thMost Income Equality: 12,823rdLargest Retail Industry: 14,500thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,530thHighest Drug Use: 15,214thMost Efficient Economies: 15,843rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,278thHighest Economic Output: 17,700thMost Developed: 20,062ndMost Cultured: 21,074th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 41st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 72nd in the regionTop
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 81st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 98th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 111th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 112th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 141st in the regionMost Influential: 155th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 162nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 179th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 193rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 203rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 207th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 229th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 263rd in the regionMost Avoided: 267th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 313th in the regionMost Income Equality: 323rd in the regionTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 416th in the regionLargest Black Market: 471st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 502nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 505th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 542nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 568th in the regionMost Secular: 624th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 630th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 690th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 750th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, all judiciary cases are decided in the court of public opinion.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Owans lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers'.
  • : Following new legislation in Owans, therapists can always squeeze in another house-call.

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