by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 259thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 291stLargest Information Technology Sector: 302nd
The Imperial Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population20.452 billion

FaithInfinite God Dragon

CurrencyImperial Credit
AnimalMutated Lizard-Dragon

The Imperial Empire of Ascenon is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Carrow with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 20.452 billion Ascenonians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cadia. The average income tax rate is 61.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ascenonian economy, worth a remarkable 7,493 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 366,400 Imperial Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote, historic buildings are being demolished to allow for road-widening in the city centre, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime, and glamping Ascenonians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ascenon's national animal is the Mutated Lizard-Dragon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Infinite God Dragon.

Ascenon is ranked 39,915th in the world and 1,651st in The North Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 3,798.26 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Largest Black Market: 259thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 291stLargest Information Technology Sector: 302ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 351stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 503rdHighest Economic Output: 805thMost Influential: 809thMost Scientifically Advanced: 959thHighest Average Incomes: 1,029thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,068thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,214thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,630thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,778thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,858thRudest Citizens: 2,054thTop
Most Cultured: 2,425thSmartest Citizens: 2,639thMost Developed: 2,834thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,300thLargest Mining Sector: 3,440thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,452ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,666thMost Efficient Economies: 3,959thLowest Crime Rates: 4,301stHealthiest Citizens: 4,658thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,847thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,063rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,345thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,659thLargest Governments: 6,042ndMost Avoided: 6,051stLargest Populations: 6,083rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,928thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,693rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,800thMost Secular: 9,329thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,777thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,635thMost Inclusive: 14,946thMost Stationary: 15,067thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,906thHighest Drug Use: 19,058th
Largest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 46th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 54th in the regionLargest Populations: 57th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 57th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 69th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 87th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 109th in the regionMost Cultured: 122nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 122nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 124th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 142nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 145th in the regionMost Developed: 160th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 167th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 192nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 208th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 208th in the regionMost Avoided: 218th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 238th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 273rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 275th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 283rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 289th in the regionMost Influential: 289th in the regionLargest Governments: 320th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 344th in the regionMost Stationary: 345th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 363rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 366th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 450th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 509th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 511th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 625th in the regionMost Inclusive: 868th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, glamping Ascenonians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, historic buildings are being demolished to allow for road-widening in the city centre.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote.
  • : Ascenon was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, aides are afraid to ask if Carrow wants a cup of tea or coffee.
  • : Ascenon was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 256 » Calamazo, Yaorozu, Great Bights Mum, Universal State Formula, Notyoutopia, Atain, Diodone, Selfgradatude, Shadowrik, Corfad, Sunto, PlanetPunk, Territorio di Nessuno, Wineclaw, Holy Oranz, Frances Francis the First of France, Phoronu, Kwaj, Puczovska, Unimaginable Doom, Buckerino, Siwale, Shibutani, The Gamer Party, Sil Dorsett, Pallaith, New Trisone, Moubarakistan, Former English Colony, Yukti, Koda-Land, Bearical, Highton Islands, Avemterra, Maott, Zeternia, Whereisthatistan, Ethnon, Sundred, Hyperbanus, Empy, United Draconia, SORT, Cloydicia, El Fiji Grande, Xentherida, Arstungry, Kobagia, Dar es Saalam, Wilkshire, and 206 others.New Chilokver, Daiz, Greater Pittsburgh, The Iron Lions, New Pruessen, The Rhein States, The Austro Germanic Union, The Most Freedom Ever, Niradans, United Kahndaq, Malta Comino Gozo, Votak Matim, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, Egalico, New Lakemba, The Windmilluminati, Guer Aike, Dreadton, Omnistria, Kasazzastan, Plumas, Ninjak30, Detrivania, Panama Coalition, Zumlandia, Rosewood-, Napnomadia, Valhalla123, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Sunaiya, Pleroma Sans Romans, Pasargad, Joodey, The Sinclarian Provinces, Solmetria, Acrabinnia, Plangainer, Steampunk Ariel, Trillius, The Stratosphere Islands, Haor Chall, Soviet Terran, Astronomical, 1 very fast endotarter, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Orado, Solidair, Astrind, Glurponia, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Abject Ludicrosity, Wisconsota, Runeda, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, PotatoFarmers, McMasterdonia, Faircliff, Gnomewatchers, Fizban, Clan Spaniel, Xagill, Kranostav, Zecit, Pazair, Seenvorland, Viridiann, Dabarastan, Zyvetskistaahn, Fraguale Cothe, Terban Kedah, Ravendi, Serendipita Martia, Interdimensional Zone, Fendlium, Merconitonitopia, Newpromisedland, Misthas, Valentine Z, Praeceps, Advancia-Sizzletown, Volstokn, Loli County, Cobleck Weleis, Austral States of America, Makersaulache, Townbolia, New Avian, Hamerica, Yokciq Empire, Wit Noreis, Woodsend, The New Communist Republic Of States, MiaryBhalzhack, The Endless Eventide, New Jamgra, Vivanco, Eschatosia, KhalChicken, Olofin, Ihese, SherpDaWerp in TNP, The Lancerian Empire, Prevaland, Crader, Xyrron, Antiyard, Avastate, Alandorria, Nistriabar, East Akra, Zokk, Varola, Supreme Leader Hadrian, The United Capital of Adam, Unshleepd, Nisastria, Hyphen, Fluffy Noodles, Nationeer, The Pantheons, Korovan Isles, Westinor, Solskjar, Zemnaya Svoboda, The Serdey Islands, Fauzjhia, Mesopotama, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Frostcell, Sikol, Saperisole, Zzozona, Qetrela, I Like Killing people, Fox Richy, Termathe, Prydania, Libertania Democratica, Shinjuku tokyo 0, The Calabash Protectorate, Kocherian, Tukayyiad, Asoc lon, Maynilan, Ihsan, Smesh, Cowbridge, Seanat, Brucklania, Innocentic, Arichia, The United States of Nuclear Weapons, Eywaan, Schnuftelland, Damsmel, Maclare, Madjack, Simone Republic, Kragsgale, Xipher, Buckhem, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, Illusia and Neverendia, Principia Mathematica, Ultra777, Erubetia, Pigeonstan, Andexia, Animu Place, U S Eh, Great Vritania, Neu-Galicia, Democratic Republic of Kohland, Heilhum Imperius, Basedania, Free Nation of Hong Kong, The Unicrons, Harjad, Therizia, Frahnkzaden, Aerilia, Cretox State, Morover, Nouvelle-Floride, TLTland, Amprak, Yalkan, Lulubellia, Glanst, Unsophisticate, West Papua states, Comfed, Outer Shenendoah, The Kingdom Of Wagies, Chips and Guac, Elvoreto, Navsland, Magna Banitia, Rozarus, and Hardscrabble.

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