|Democracy of Los Ochentas|
Location of Los Ochentas
|Government||Syndicative direct democracy|
• Penal colony
|October 6th, 1561|
|February 23rd, 1799|
• Clique codes
|August 17th, 1872|
|163,666 km2 (63,192 sq mi)|
• 2013 estimate
• 2012 census
|GDP (PPP)||2013 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2013 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Ochentan big one (ø) (LOB)|
|Time zone||Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8:00)|
• Summer (DST)
|Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7:00)|
|Patron saint||Saint Catalina|
Los Ochentas (formally, the Democracy of Los Ochentas) is a sovereign island nation located in the Pacific Ocean. The country is completely surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, though it is considered to be apart of North America. Off the coast to the northeast is Mexico, and to the northwest is the United States state of Hawai'i.
Los Ochentas is a democracy with the principles of a directorial system that is codified within the nation's set of governmental codes. The unique government of the nation is centered around the principle of direct democracy, and no single leader holds power within the virtually non-existent government. Instead, power is vested throughout the country's various cliques. The cliques of the nation decide on issues when the need arises, and their responsibility lies in protecting the interests of the people based on a system of common civil code. The nation's civil code is not legislation passed by a formal legislature; instead, all governmental code is accumulated by agreements between all cliques, insuring common legal principles within the independence of the cliques. Welfare, culture, and infrastructure is another unique organ of governance within the nation that is managed by unanimous agreements between all cliques, and a regulated group tax system which allows for the management and upkeep of public systems. In all, the nation's political system is unique in that no single state exists, and that power is largely vested within society itself.
The economy of the nation is highly capitalist, as no formal government has total regulations upon industries. In a manner of environmental protections, the nation does maintain some economic impositions upon certain industries and extremely dangerous practices, otherwise, Los Ochentas withholds a strong free market system. The national output of agricultural products provides a substantial amount of food for basic surplus within the population, though some exotic foods are imported into the nation. Both tertiary and secondary economic activities make up the majority of the nation's total economy, attributing to about 87% of the nation's GDP. Clothing manufacturing, entertainment, alcohol production, recreational drugs production, consumer goods manufacturing, and textile production are the largest contributors to the national economy, which attributes for a high volume of exports to other North American nations, specifically the United States and Canada.
Mainstream global politics are generally considered to be irrelevant to the islands, and international awareness is the lowest in the world among the population. A policy of lax international responsibility exists within the governmental code, and as a result Los Ochentas is largely neutral in its foreign exchanges. Despite permanent neutrality, the nation is apart of the United Nations, and maintains diplomatic exchanges with many nations around the world. Los Ochentas is one of the few existing nations in the world that has never officially been at war with another nation.
The phrase Los Ochentas comes from the Spanish phrase el ochenta, meaning the eighty. The name of the nation is derived from the Islands of Los Ochentas, which refers to the original 80 exiled inhabitants of the island who came from the colony of New Spain after their banishment by the Spanish viceroyalty. The name was officially adopted in 1872, with the formation of the nation's system of clique-based rule that has lasted into the contemporary era. Although it is rarely used, in some official documents the nation as a whole is referred to as the Democracy of Los Ochentas, which has been regarded as the official name of the nation. Though some doubt the legitimacy of the usage of the word Democracy in the phrase, it was agreed upon by the cliques in 1932 that the phrase was the nation's official full name, and it is largely used in official diplomatic exchanges and in some governmental codes.
For a large part of history, the islands which compose of the contemporary state of Los Ochentas were uninhabited by humans. Evidence has arisen that some Polynesian groups settled on the western coasts of the island around 980, although it is unclear what brought about their leave from the islands around 1020. The small Polynesian colony gave suspicions as to whether or not they established contact with societies in Mesoamerica, though this theory was proven false by the short term length of the settlement and its minimal impact on the islands as a whole.
Exploration and settlement period
The first Europeans to visit the islands was a small group of Spanish explorers who first documented the presence of the islands in 1534. The Spanish explorers mistook the islands to be particularly small due to weather conditions which reduced visibility, and they continued their voyage west with minimal exploration of the islands they could perceive. It was the first voyage of Spanish Captain Don Jaun Carlos de Lopez in 1557 whose goal was to visit the islands in search of gold and silver. De Lopez was the first to survey the geographical features of the archipelago, exclaiming that it was a much larger land mass than originally thought by the first Spanish sighting of the islands. The success of De Lopez's exploration allowed for him to transgress with a second voyage to the islands in 1561, with the intent of establishing a penal colony on the island to begin mining operations in the iron and silver rich mountains. It is from the first 80 criminal inhabitants of the islands from which the archipelago received its name.
After years of successful small-time mining operations on the island, the Spanish government sent a larger group of criminals to expanding mining operations and exploit the unique fauna and flora endemic to the island. The Biancano, believed to be a relative cousin of the Alpaca, provided a soft wool and dairy, and the islands also contained significant natural quantities of cottongrass, papaya, avocados, beans, potatoes, and tomatoes. The extremely productive penal colony maintained a regular influx of new prisoners, and the port of La Rosa was incorporated into the Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain in 1634.
First democratic period
The Spanish maintained complete and absolute control of the archipelago until 1798, when a decline in Spanish colonial presence struck the region. While the penal colony was still profitable and had given way to the establishment of a small, functioning civilian colony, the Spanish Empire saw little value in retaining the islands with their capture of the North American West Coast. As not to overwhelm themselves territoriality, the Spanish simply abandoned the penal colony, which quickly overtook the small civilian colony. The former prisoners then established the first formal government for the islands, eliminating the more violent and abusive prisoners as to insure that their new nation would not succumb to internal problems. The small nation known as Los Ochentas was officially established in 1799, its capital the small port of La Rosa. In its early time, the nation was a harboring point for pirates and smugglers who operated in the Pacific Ocean, and diplomatic pressure against the nation would only result in a rise in the level of illicit activities taking place across the Pacific. Formal international recognition was received from the United States in 1804, who viewed the nation to be a fellow in the new order of American nations. With the recognition of its ally, Spain subsequently gave diplomatic recognition towards the existence of the small island nation, despite calls from within to simply reconquer the archipelago. The nation continued to receive recognition from the Republic of Gran Colombia in 1819, the First Mexican Empire in 1821, and France in 1824.
The new found diplomatic support during the early 1800s brought in greater immigration to Los Ochentas; by 1830 it was estimated that only 40% of the population was made up of its original Spanish inhabitants. The largely multicultural society was dominated now by an English speaking population, and by 1850, English became the primary singular language of the country. Los Ochentas' society of criminals and outcasts also became a highly unique portion of its international reputation, and it drew in large numbers of sex tourists, illicit businessmen, and other illegal or shunned practices. A nation of organized crime, internal violence among members of rival gangs gave way to economic and social deterioration. The small republican government was unable to handle the situation, and by 1869, most members of the government had resigned or simply vanished. A short period of lawlessness followed the capitulation of the nation's government.
Second democracy and stability period
In 1872, a large group of individuals who did not associate with the nation's organized crime called for a truce between the warring entities. The truce would eventually lead to the formation of the first contemporary governmental code of the nation, which revolutionized the system of government on which the nation would operate. Instead of a presidential system which attempted to rule the various organized criminal gangs, the gangs would form cliques and then rule the nation as a whole. The new system also introduced a series of welfare, infrastructure, and culture management systems which would allow for the betterment of the nation's people while also allowing for the cliques to act individually and mostly independent of one another. The new government of Los Ochentas was highly popular among the peoples of the nation, and a sense of stability emerged in the nation by 1880. It was so effective in curbing organized violence that it was even tested in some US states, however it was largely unpopular there due to its somewhat "anarchic" principle of governance. The flourishing new society on the archipelago saw a period of relaxed economic development and largely lowered immigration rates, which also aided in the nation's new period of stability.
With high economic stability and widespread prosperity, Los Ochentas entered into what is known as the "First Ochentan Golden Age," in which the practice of fine arts within the nation began to flourish. With influences from Spain, Mexico, America, and several European nations, Ochentan culture took on a new perspective of society, and gave the nation a great amount of national identity. The Golden Age also resulted in the foundations for contemporary systems of culture and society, barring most personal differences for the benefit of entire groups. Seen as highly anarchic and retrogressive, the new societal standards of hedonism which had flourished on the island resulted in tense relationships with several European nations and more conservative areas of the United States and Latin America. Pope Leo XIII even condemned the values and supposed "indecency" of Ochentan culture, going so far as to propose that its peoples "[would] enjoy an eternal afterlife in the fires they so [danced] with."
The end of the First Golden Age was marked by the beginning of World War I in Europe, an event which greatly reduced international commerce and caused market interruptions across the Americas. While Los Ochentas was largely neutral in the conflict, it greatly condemned the use of chemical weapons on both sides of the war, and advocated for the persecution of world leaders who used such weapons actively and intently with knowledge of their total effects. With the entrance of the United States into World War I, Los Ochentas saw a renewed period of economic growth as the United States imported larger quantities to make up for a domestic lack of war-apportioned resources. The end of World War I caused a brief slip in the nation's stability, as renewed demand for international tourism and trade quickly overwhelmed the nation's ability to produce goods and raw materials. The collapse of the stock market in 1929 brought huge economic crisis within the nation, causing a policy of international trade isolationism to take effect in Los Ochentas.
By the beginning of World War II, the policy of isolationism was dropped by the cliques, and a progressive effort to involve the country heavily in international trade began. The actions of Nazi Germany against many different groups of people was greatly astonishing to the highly tolerant peoples of the nation. The overwhelming threat of Japanese invasion was also brought to the attention of the cliques, however, the Japanese did not attack Los Ochentas, and instead decided to attack the United States at Pearl Harbor. Overall, World War II put the country back into international trade as the Allied forces required a greater amount of goods to appease their peoples and also supply their fronts. The end and aftermath of the war also led for greater exportation towards European and Asian nations which needed materials to rebuild, Los Ochentas supplying a great amount of textiles and some foods to those nations.
Isolation and rebirth period
The end of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States brought the question of international stability towards the people of Los Ochentas. While the new conflict only directly affected the Ochentan nation slightly, the country's people began to believe that constant American intervention in international affairs would begin to become a problem. In return, the United States was a major trading partner and cultural ally of Los Ochentas, with some 40% of the Ochentan people having distant ties to people within the United States. In a manner of self-preservation and public interest, the cliques of Los Ochentas decided to temporarily ease the amount of cooperation that it partook with the United States, essentially lowering the amount of contact between the two nations. As a result, the Ochentan socioeconomic stance was greatly shifted away from the American counterpart, and regionalism and self sufficiency became an official policy within the minds of the cliques. For a period of about thirty years, from the late 1940s to the late 1970s, Los Ochentas almost completely halted transgressions with the United States.
It wasn't until the late 1970s and the early 1980s did Los Ochentas interact fully with the United States again. The resulting impact of American culture at the time became a renowned success in Los Ochentas, greatly changing the social structure and cultural values of the nation in a "Second Ochentan Golden Age" as it was known. The decade of the 1980s became an integral part of contemporary Ochentan culture, and resulted in a renewed society into the 1990s with the fall of communism and the rise of post-industrialism across the world. The Second Golden Age produced some of the greatest aspects of contemporary Ochentan culture that are still well known today, and the Golden Age lasted up until the mid 1990s before it fell into a period of abstract stability.
With the end of the Second Golden Age and a new society, the values of the people and the policies of governmental code regulated by the cliques changed greatly. The architecture, infrastructure, fine arts, economy, and welfare systems of the country also experienced growth and rebirth, with the textile industry also giving way to the development of Los Ochentas as a global fashion influence. The War on Terrorism brought increased methods of isolationism back the nation, though international trade and the level of domestic-to-international interaction is at its highest since World War I. Los Ochentas, as a result, is a nation which has met a period of current stability and economic surplus, and its cultural influence is obvious on the fashions and styles of the contemporary Western world.
The nation of Los Ochentas is an island nation located on an archipelago of three large islands and four smaller ones. The seven islands, from order of north to south, are:
- Plata Island
- Floraciente Island
- Enrojecido Island
- Santa Catalina Island
- Torre Island
- Blanco Island
- Niobeno Island
Los Ochentas lies 1,490 miles off the coast of Mexico, which is the nearest continental country. It was once believed that Los Ochentas was apart of the Pacific plate, however an intensive study revealed that the archipelago is situated on a fragmented plate much similar to the former landmass of Zealandia. The archipelago's total land area is roughly equivalent to that of the U.S. state of Minnesota. The highest point in the nation and on the archipelago is Mount Bueno, located on the island of Torre, standing at 13,315 feet from sea level. The larger islands are flatter and less rocky than their smaller neighbors, while the smaller islands are generally more mountainous and contain more foliage. The three largest islands have flat, hilly surfaces, and the four smallest have more extreme hills along with some mountains.
The archipelago has a stable climate regulated by the waters and the winds accompanied with the Pacific Ocean. The nation has an unusually temperate climate as a result of its proximity to the trade winds, with less tropical plants foliage that are more common to some Pacific islands and mainland Central America. There is a lower amount of annual precipitation, resulting in drier, windier, and cooler climates than accustomed to most other landmasses within the Tropics. Yearly, an average of 33 inches of rain falls across the nation, with the record yearly rainfall in 1967 at 68 inches. The island faces threats from cyclones on a yearly basis, though no cyclone has ever had a largely devastating effect on the island after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 in the United States encouraged the expansion of weather monitoring systems, aiding in the predication and preparation for more intense tropical cyclones.
As compared to other Tropical localities, the archipelago of Los Ochentas enjoys a much more moderated, temperate climate in terms of temperature. The average high is around 88°F during the summer and 57°F during the winter. The record high was set in 1988, where temperatures reached as high as 101°F in some parts of the country. The record low was set in 1894, when some parts of the country experienced temperatures as low as 17°F.
Flora and Fauna
The archipelago contains a number of unique endemic plants related to species located in Central and South America. These plants are believed to have arrived on the islands from the droppings of birds which would fly to the archipelago when their respective seasons experienced a wet season. Five different variations of grass, three types of bushes, four different species of trees, nearly forty different species of wildflowers, and five native variation of Old World agricultural products are endemic to the island, a phenomenon which has puzzled ecologists around the world. The high rate of unique, endemic species of plants has led to conservationist movements in several regions of the islands, and the further introduction of foreign plant life was banned in 1962.
Much the same as the islands' unique flora, the archipelago maintains several endemic species of animals as well. Seven different species of large, flightless birds inhabit the island, which is the primary source of interest in that these birds were not over-hunted by the Polynesians in an even similar to what had occurred across the Pacific islands. Along with these birds, a cousin of the alpaca and the llama, the biancano, is a species of mammal which is also endemic to the island, and has become a domesticated animal of agriculture. Three species of flight-able birds, two species of squirrel-like animals, and two species of omnivorous wild dogs are also endemic to the island. Because of the extinction of two species of birds in 1885 and 1904 respectively, it is a regulation that all hunting on the islands must be registered with the cultural service. The introduction of foreign animals to the archipelago was also banned in 1962, but pigs, chickens, and cattle remain an integral part of the archipelago's economy, and therefore were allowed to remain on the islands.
Unlike most contemporary nations, the political system of Los Ochentas lacks most aspects of a modern state and operates in a system of mixed democracy and group anarchism. Through a series of governmental codes, it has been legislated that the power to rule rests within the nation's cliques, which are otherwise groups of people who associate with one another based on their personal preferences. To be officially recognized as a clique, a certain group tax is payed to the existence of diplomatic, welfare, cultural, and infrastructural programs which are operated in an autonomous manner. Otherwise, the cliques hold the absolute power within the country, and according to the governmental codes, they also contain a democratic and pseudo-legislative power which allows them to form laws for the basic regulation and function of the nation. Cliques are also held responsible in themselves for the enforcement of various laws and the defense of the nation as a whole.
Law and justice
A mandatory function of cliques is to enforce certain laws which are considered to be essential for the functioning of society. The justice system is based on the Draconian values of forced labor for the infringement of laws which have been collectively agreed upon by the cliques. Each clique holds its own methods of enforcing these laws, though, in their most basic sense, the fellow members of the cliques are responsible for the management and prosecution of criminals which have caused great injustices towards society. As a result, many crimes within the nation go unpunished, and typically result in violent domestic conflicts which are left untamed until an agreement can be reached between two cliques. Because of this system of anarchic law enforcement, it has become common decency within the nation to not commit acts of crime against fellow citizens in the most obvious of manners. As no formalized system of interclique relations exists without the personal consent of two cliques for one another, it is common place for a third party to try and incarcerate interclique injustices as a method for the securing of national stability.
The most common form of punishment within the nation is forced labor for a set amount of time. Most forced workers serve their time in agriculture, manufacturing, or other low-wage jobs which require a basic function of the worker. The average amount of time that is spent in forced work is around 1 to 3 years for most moderate level crimes, and more serious crimes can spend upwards of 25 years in forced work, or in more serious cases, can result in death.
Subdivisions and cliques
Los Ochentas maintains a unique unitary management system of its governmental services which are provided through the clique tax, and no sub-national level divisions exist in a political or administrative manner. Instead, the islands of Los Ochentas are grouped into boroughs, which serve to simplify standards of the census and geographic designation, while also grouping areas of significant cultural and historical significance to one another. There are currently nine boroughs within the nation, each with a ceremonial city as their borough seat, which is only marked by being the largest such town within a specific borough, and otherwise has no other specific characteristics.
Cliques are a unique feature of Ochentan society, in that they serve as their own independent subdivisions among society rather than within specific geographic parameters alone. A clique, as referred to by the governmental code standard, is a collection of people associated with one another who share a common interest or loyalty towards one another and thus take political action as a single syndicated group. In essence, cliques are similar to animal "packs" in which they have a predetermined territory which is subject to change and that they associate with one another through either ties of kinship or other loyalties toward which is entrusted the powers of democratic power and security. Certain cliques may operate within certain geographic locations which may also be occupied by other cliques. The groupings are responsible for the security of their own people, the mediation of law within other cliques, and the freedom of the nation as a whole. Because of their responsibilities, the cliques act as a single body to decide upon additions or amendments to governmental code, and are thus responsible for the enforcement of those changes.
In its most basic form of groupings, boroughs serve as the geographic subdivisions of the nation, while cliques serve as the social subdivisions of the nation.
Foreign relations and defense
Los Ochentas is a codified neutral nation which lacks the power to file offensive warfare against another political entity, with its political limitations towards organized conflicts strictly defensive in nature. As a result, the nation holds extremely warm relations with most nations around the world, though its economic protectionism and highly intensive policies of social disorder keep the majority of the population away from direct, in-person foreign contact. There are no censorship restrictions on an international level within the nation, most people just tend to not involve themselves in the way of international doings, resulting in a highly uninformed and disinterested nation towards foreign affairs. International diplomacy is a responsibility of the national taxation and governmental public services, meaning that foreign affairs are not direct managed by any single clique, rather, an organization which manages the exchange of diplomatic personnel and the placement of persons into international organizations. The large majority of Western nations and some nations defined as the East hold warm, relaxed relations with Los Ochentas, and there are Ochentan diplomatic missions in nearly 104 countries around the world. The nation itself is a member of the United Nations, with a permanent delegation in New York City.
The responsibility of national defense lies with the rule of the cliques over their own peoples. As a whole, it has been agreed between the majority of cliques that in the rare event of a foreign invasion, that it would become necessary to form an organized defense system in which multiple areas could cooperate and better defend themselves. As a result, an agreement between all cliques in the nation which has been codified places the responsibility of national defense in the unity of all cliques, which makes the defense of the nation a national, unitary responsibility. Many cliques currently posses armed divisions of their own defensive measure, and as a whole, the nation is fully able to defend itself in a whole civic manner should the need arise.
Los Ochentas is a developed, post-industrial nation with an industrialist economy balanced primarily between secondary and tertiary economic activities. The nation has a GDP of ø76.820 billion as of 2013, making it the 65th largest economy in the world, and in result, there is a GDP per capita of ø23,000. Within the country, there is a stable and high trade surplus which is maintained with the export of agricultural and industrial goods. Originally a penal colony, the nation has had a history of highly labor intensive industries, and those industries still serve great importance to the nation today. Approximately 13% of the economy is based on primary economic practices, 43% on secondary economic activities, and 44% on tertiary economic practices. There is little to no governmental economic regulation intervention, with simple regulations for the protection of the environment and the archipelago's natural features. As a result, economic freedom within the nation is extremely high, with some organizations considering it to be one of the most libertarian capitalist countries in the world. Total economic freedom and the lack of government economic has also resulted in a self sufficient economy with extremely low non-intentional unemployment and a wide variety of industries throughout all sectors of economic activity.
Primary sector economic activities account for about 13% of the country's economy, and the largest primary activities within the nation are ranching of biancanos, pigs, cattle, and flightless birds, farming of avocados, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, maize, wheat, apples, pears, peaches, cottongrass, and plums, organized logging of endemic tree species, mining of iron, alumina, zinc, copper, and niobium, and the quarrying of stone and clay. Secondary sector economic activities make up 43% of the nation's economy, and the largest activities of those king present within the nation include the manufacturing of clothing, automobiles, consumer electronics, electronics materials, and furniture, the refinement of ores mined domestically, the production of textiles from cotton and biancano wool, and the production of steel and steel products, clay products, and other building materials. Tertiary economic activity within the country contributes to 44% of the economy, and the largest industries within this sector include music, film, dance, labeling, publishing, prostitution, recreational drugs services, food services, financial services, hospitality and tourism, and visual artistry.
Transportation infrastructure in Los Ochentas is moderately developed when compared to most countries, and the most popular method of travel on the archipelago is by rail. The national railway networks serving the nation, with inter city and city-based mass transportation included, total to be around 340 miles in total length. Nearly 78% of the islands' urban population uses rail-based mass transportation systems at least once in their day, and around 66% of the population uses intercity rail transportation at least once every six months. Railways in the nation are privately owned, though some funding is allocated to private projects by the governmental agency responsible for the management of the nation's transportation infrastructure to stimulate railway system growth. High-density and high-speed rail-based mass transit systems are extremely popular in densely populated urban areas, and a lower-density version is used throughout groupings of smaller towns across the nation. Most rail-based mass transit systems have connections to heavy intercity railway transportation networks, and all combined mass transit railway networks have the capacity for around 95% of the nation's total population.
Motorway transportation based on automobiles is also widespread around the nation, and some 64% of households owns at least a single automobile. The national highway network is also highly intensive within the country, and 99% of the population has access to paved motorway networks. The large majority of highway and roadway traffic comes from freighters which transport a vast amount of goods via motorway networks. In densely populated urban areas, some cities maintain a local beltway network which allows for the ease of traffic flows throughout the city, and smaller towns generally have connections to most highways through on and exit ramp systems. The longest highway in the nation, LO Highway-2, stretches nearly 247 miles across the island of Enrojecido, and the most used highway, LO Highway-4, has an estimated daily usage of 1.45 million vehicles and connects the city of Niobeo with other parts of the Niobeo Metropolitan Area.
Air transportation is primarily used for transit between islands and for international connections. All major cities and most large towns have at least a single paved runway with average biweekly private flights. Commercial domestic air travel in the country is not popular, though it does exist to some degree between most major cities and some larger towns. For international options, however, air travel is the most popular form of transportation, and Niobeo International Airport is the largest hub of international transportation within the country. Most flights on a domestic and international level are provided by Ochentas Airways, though a few smaller companies exist within the nation.
Sea transportation was once the most popular form of transit between islands and for international locations, though the development of commercial air travel quickly overtook its international importance. Nonetheless, sea-based transportation remains vital to inter-island transport, and an extensive network of commercialized ferries allow around 2.37 million people to cross between islands on an annual average. Sea-based transportation also remains highly important for commerce bewteen islands and between other nations, with around 89% of the nation's export and import volumes taking sea-based transportation systems. The Port of Niobeo is the largest in the country and one of North America's top exporting ports, with a trade volume of around 54 million tonnes.
Los Ochentas has an average annual national energy consumption of 3,789GWh, supplied through several different methods and multiple domestic private providers. The majority of energy consumption in the country is from industrial uses, though homes and apartment buildings are not far from being the largest consumers. As a nation, air conditioning and heating are not required during most winters or summers due to the largely mild temperatures and the specific, small ranges in temperatures. 100% of private and public buildings are connected to electric grids, as Los Ochentas is a developed nation that has had commercial access to electricity production since the late 1910s. The average annual energy consumption for a single individual in Los Ochentas is 1.1MWh as of 2013.
Energy in the country is supplied through several different methods, though renewable sources of energy have become the most popular for commercial use since its initial development within the country in 1993. As of 2013, 89% of energy in the country is provided through renewable sources of energy, and the remaining 11% is produced through nonrenewable sources. Solar energy generates the majority of the country's electricity, with 24 plants across the islands producing some 66% of the country's total consumption. Another 20% of domestic energy is provided through home-based private solar collectors located on roofs, a method of civil electricity production which has become extremely popular since its introduction in late 2003. The remaining 3% of renewable energy is generated by wind power sources, primarily in larger islands with flatter landscapes. 11% of the nation's total energy consumption is supplied by natural gas, which the country has large quantities of on Santa Catalina Island.
As there is no governmental agency direct responsible for the provisions of direct welfare to the public, no welfare, excluding healthcare, emergency services, and education, is provided directly from the state to the populace. The three aforementioned institutions, however, are seen as vital and important to the nation's overall benefit, and thus are provided universally to the public by special governmental agencies which are funded through taxes on individual cliques. Welfare in the terms of public housing projects, food, and other forms of care, are usually provided by cliques themselves to their own communities, and it has become a national norm for cliques to offer these items to the lesser fortunate members of their communities. This association of communal assistance has placed Los Ochentas in a sort of political purgatory, as it is not directly associated with either socialism or capitalism, and is instead, considered to be a social or cultural value within the nation related to a feeling of syndicated communalism throughout the total population.
Healthcare and emergency services
Los Ochentas has a nationally funded system of universal healthcare which is provided to residents of the nation. Because it is a developed nation, the level of medical technological development in the nation is considered to be closely following that of other developed nations. The country, however, continues to provide quick response to issues, with response time in most areas usually ranging from two to five minutes. The quality of service in the country is also at a norm with international standards, as the policy of universal coverage allows for equal treatment of patients, and private donations to individual hospitals are somewhat standard throughout the country. In terms of patient care and hospitality, Los Ochentas is an international leader, though technological disadvantages and several obsolete practices within the country set it back on terms of total medical progress. There are 47 registered hospitals and thousands of clinics located throughout the nation, and the total peak capacity of the medical system easily covers 98% of issues within the population on a daily basis.
Fire and emergency medical services are also publicly funded within the country, and are also at international standards in terms of mobility, coverage, and equipment. The national fire-fighting system has an average national response time of one to three minutes, and medical services usually respond in two to five minutes. There is 100% fire coverage across the nation, and 100% medical coverage in terms of issue location in relativity to hospitals or clinics. Equipment in the country for both fire and emergency medical services is relatively up-to-date, however continued advancements in the field of medical progress can quickly put the nation a small measure back from other developed, post-industrial states. Emergency services are provided universally, as they are funded through the clique tax and through private donation rather than individual payments.
As stated in governmental code, a beneficiary to the populace is the universal provision of education, and thus it is funded and provided under a combination of the clique tax and private donations towards certain localities. Education is mandatory for children six through sixteen years of age, and has the current public capacity for 100% of the national population of residents aged within that group. Throughout the ten years of schooling, math, history, and science are required for all years, as well as six years of English language writing and reading classes. Electives are also offered throughout all ten years for fine arts, sports, and specific professional positions. The education system is organized into two levels of schooling: elementary schooling, which consists of ages 6-12, and high schooling, made up of ages 12-16. College schooling, which is provided to ages 16-18, and university schooling, which varies with a base of 18, are both optional to students, and the large majority of graduates choose not to continue after their last year of mandatory schooling. 100% of the adult population is literate, with the majority of the population having gained the ability to both read and write by the age of 7.
Los Ochentas faces major educational problems due to the cultural values of society as a whole. While the national average IQ is at 101, residents of the nation have little effort to try within their schooling, and a large amount of children around the nation are not enrolled into mandatory schooling, with some estimates placing that at 11% of children ages 6-16. Even then, some 33% of enrolled students do not regularly attend mandatory schooling, and those that do pay little attention to the processions of their class. Because it was seen as a failed medium of education, homework was banned in 2009, though mandatory enrollment rates only rose by 2% the following 2009-2010 school year.
As of 2013, the population of Los Ochentas is 3,346,180 people, the second smallest in North America before Belize and after Panama. The majority of population growth within the country comes from natural growth, as the country's natural growth rate is at 0.9% annually. The largest age group of people was people aged 22-37, at 34% of the population. Following them was people aged 38-56 at 28%, 12-21 at 17%, 0-11 at 12%, 57-68 at 6%, and 68-100 at 3%. The relatively young population is a result of the end of the isolationist period which began during the Cold War, with an immigration influx and subsequent population boom around the year 1981. In terms of density, the population of Los Ochentas is primarily urban, with around 79% of the population living in urban areas and 21% in rural areas. The city of Niobeo, located in the southern part of the country, accounted for 29% of the nation's total population, making it the largest in the nation. Of the 3,346,180 people in Los Ochentas, 64% identified as White, 13% identified as Hispanic, 12% identified as Mixed/Unclear, 9% identified as Black, and 2% identified as Asian.
Los Ochentas is apart of the anglophone, and its national spoken language is English. English also serves as the de facto official language, as all governmental codes and governmental agencies use the language in their legislation. 95% of the population registered their native spoken language as English, 4% as Spanish, and 1% as Korean. 100% of the population is able to speak English fluently, and 100% of the population is able to both read and write in the language. An estimated 14% of the population can also speak a second language fluently, and a further 34% of the population has somewhat an understanding of another language than English, those languages primarily being Spanish or Korean.
Los Ochentas is a largely irreligious nation, with around 86% of the nation identifying as either "Irreligious" or "Atheist." 4% of the nation identified as "Agnostic," and the remaining 10% was made up largely of people identifying as "Roman Catholic" or "Prostestant." Religion is sharply declining in popularity in Los Ochentas, having been on a shrinking rate since 1909. In 1966, the irreligious population of the country made up the majority, and in 1979, they contributed to around three quarters of the population. There is almost an entire absence of completely religious persons within the country, and nearly the entire segment of the population that does describe itself as religious does not attend their place of worship regularly. Several organized religions across the globe have sent missionaries to Los Ochentas on several occasions in the late 1990s and early 2000s to no avail, and Pope Benedict XVI described the nation in a manner similar to "Sodom and Gomorrah."
The largest cities as of June, 2013, are:
- Niobeo, at 970,392
- La Rosa, at 234,096
- Santa Plata, at 204,051
- Nuevo Amsterdam, at 130,059
- San Bernardo, at 102,780
The populace of the nation is highly cultural, and Los Ochentas has a unique culture which is heavily related to American culture. The primary influences of Ochentan culture is derived from the ideals of personal freedoms, syndication, hedonism, and individuality. American culture has also had a considerable level of influence on the ideals of the populace, the American Dream being the largest single influence of the Ochentan Dream. Mainstream Ochentan culture is largely influenced by American and European culture overall, and the country's cultural values place it as a Western nation in terms of societal relevance. Los Ochentas has the highest rates of social mobility in the world, and it is commonly described as a classless society without clear boundaries on the influence of wealth over individuals. As a result, the population is highly communal, and individual cliques are sometimes compared to large, extended European clans or American organized criminal organizations of the 1930s.
The whole of Ochentan people have a generally relaxed view on life, and typically find that the most harmony can result out of small communities of people with little to no restrictions on their actions. A typical viewpoint on life is the belief that life should be enjoyed in the moment, that death is always imminent, and that happiness is only found through love and a simple life, not through material possessions or through personal wealth. Los Ochentas is typically described as having a "communist" society by some more conservative international voices, though more liberal opinions describe the country's general way of life as idealistic and simple in finding personal joy rather than personal wealth.
Photography, music, and literature
Photography has become a vital segment of Ochentan culture since the end of isolationist period in the early 1980s. Several movements of modern photography are known to have grown out of urban areas within the country, mainly Amateurism and Dativism. The nation's populace has adopted photography as a pastime, with professionalism in the art form also widespread. The most well known resident photographer is 19 year old Petra Collins, even though she was born in Ontario, Canada. Around 84% of the population is believed to be in the possession of a camera of some form, and about 45% of people enjoy the art form as a pastime.
Another essential part of Ochentan culture is music, which has been important to the country's population since the introduction of the radio in 1935. Alternative, techno, hip-hop, and rock music are the nation's four largest subdivisions of popular music. Alternative music became popular in 2008, techno in 1981, hip-hop in 1998, and rock in 1982. The majority of the populace listens to at least three songs in a single 24 hour period, and only a very small number of people enjoy or dislike the four most popular kinds of music. As well as being a major consumer of musical arts, Los Ochentas has produced a number of internationally and domestically famous musicians since the end of the isolationist period in the early 1980s.
Literature has been popular ever since the colonization of the islands as a penal colony. Prose literature is the most famous assortment of literary pieces, and a number of English great works have been conceived within Los Ochentas. The nation is famous for its vast amount of libraries, as the past residents of the nation have valued the literary arts, and their efforts have created an entirely literate population with a large dedication to appreciate and protect works of English prose and poetry. Many persons around the country value graphic and fiction novels, and a large number of people enjoy reading as a pastime. Book clubs are an identifying part of Ochentan culture, and many believe the practice was developed in the country. Because of its lack of control over publishing, historically and in contemporary times, Los Ochentas has been the base of operations for many groups whose works have been otherwise banned in foreign countries. The Library of Nuevo Amsterdam contains the world's largest collection of literature, with copies of nearly 180 million works from many different languages and nations.
Fashion and mass media
The Ochentan style of fashion has changed various times over the course of its history, though currently, the country is invested in styles which developed out of the end of the isolationist period in the 1980s. Slim fitting blue jeans, cropped jeans shorts, leggings, brown leather belts, brown leather oxford and loafer shoes, brown leather combat boots, canvas sneakers, canvas lace-less shoes, high-heels, t-shirts, cropped tops, oversized plain colored t-shirts, front pocket t-shirts, button-up short and long sleeves shirts, tank tops, oversized long-sleeves button-ups, oversized polo shirts, long sleeves jersey shirts, babydoll, skater, pencil, and sun dresses, nylon windbreakers, wool and cotton cardigans, oversized pullovers, hoodie and zip-up sweatshirts, denim and jersey jackets, and bodysuits have all become extremely popular among the nation's population.
Radio and television are major additions to the nation's popular culture, and have exemplified various aspects of Ochentan society. Radio became popular after its introduction in 1935, and has since been a major distributor of music and news to the populace. Radio is still one of the largest contributors of Ochentan mass media, and has not been overlapped by television as it has been in many other developed nations. Television became popular in the late 1970s, and many impacts are present in the present-day society. Largely a news and entertainment medium, television has remained relatively unpopular when compared to other developed nations due to its late introduction into Ochentan society. The internet, the radio, and news publications remain the largest contributors towards Ochentan mass media, while television remains largely unpopular. It is estimated that 98% of the population has public or private access to the internet, and 100% of the nation has access to either a radio or a weekly publication.