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The Empire of Russian Oil

“Finally”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Russian Oil

Population19.554 billion

CurrencyRouble
AnimalBear

The Empire of Russian Oil is a gargantuan, genial nation, remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ubiquitous missile silos, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.554 billion Russian Oilians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The tiny, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 7.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Russian Oilian economy, worth a remarkable 5,312 trillion Roubles 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. 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 amazing 271,707 Roubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been banned for advocating gluttony. Crime is totally unknown. Russian Oil's national animal is the Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Russian Oil is ranked 184,209th in the world and 6,897th in the South Pacific for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 7.19 Effective Tax Rate.

Top
1%
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 162ndHealthiest Citizens: 342ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 393rdLargest Publishing Industry: 540thMost Developed: 572ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 624thLongest Average Lifespans: 650thMost Armed: 817thLargest Information Technology Sector: 831stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,020thMost Stationary: 1,423rdSmartest Citizens: 1,434thHighest Economic Output: 1,649thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,650thLargest Black Market: 1,783rdTop
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Most Devout: 2,211thHighest Average Incomes: 2,666thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,690thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,353rdMost Cultured: 3,466thMost Efficient Economies: 3,801stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,176thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,225thLargest Populations: 6,730thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,824thLowest Crime Rates: 7,444thMost Avoided: 8,943rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,120thTop
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Most Inclusive: 10,837thMost Influential: 11,674thLargest Mining Sector: 12,303rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,314thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,098thLargest Governments: 18,312thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,517thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,956th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 24th in the regionMost Armed: 24th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 30th in the regionMost Stationary: 31st in the regionLargest Black Market: 38th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 38th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Devout: 54th in the regionLargest Populations: 60th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 71st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 80th in the regionMost Cultured: 104th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 104th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 105th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 110th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 139th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 207th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 239th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 244th in the regionMost Avoided: 313th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 343rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 367th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 495th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 506th in the regionLargest Governments: 521st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 523rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 537th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 742nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been banned for advocating gluttony.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, for the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, the government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, students and teachers are regularly stopped and searched for symbols of religious affiliation before class.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Russian Oil, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote.
  • : Russian Oil was reclassified from "Authoritarian Democracy" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".

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