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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stMost Primitive: 3rd
The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Askatopia

Population13.159 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner
FaithVioletism

CurrencyNuclear Bomb
AnimalSlug

The PS2 Puppet of Askatopia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, avant-garde cinema, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.159 billion Disposables 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Spirituality and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Education receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth. The average income tax rate is 68.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 5,017 trillion Nuclear Bombs 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, Basket Weaving, 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 381,319 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's reputation for treachery has left it sidelined on the international stage, children have only the most basic of education, epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent, and the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Slug Dung" has been declared a national treasure. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Askatopia's national animal is the Slug, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Violetism.

Askatopia is ranked 185,153rd in the world and 6,957th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -80.11 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stMost Primitive: 3rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rdMost Devout: 4thLargest Mining Sector: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 27thMost Corrupt Governments: 45thMost Avoided: 105thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 117thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 197thFattest Citizens: 200thHighest Poor Incomes: 293rdLargest Black Market: 324thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 467thLowest Crime Rates: 604thHighest Average Incomes: 867thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,619thHighest Economic Output: 1,770thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,950thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 3,475thNudest: 3,884thMost Cultured: 4,002ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,434thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,482ndLargest Governments: 4,859thMost Authoritarian: 7,578thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,766thMost Conservative: 8,401stTop
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Largest Populations: 17,335thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,846th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 32nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 67th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 108th in the regionRudest Citizens: 114th in the regionMost Cultured: 117th in the regionLargest Governments: 123rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 124th in the regionNudest: 150th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 190th in the regionLargest Populations: 195th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 397th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 456th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 563rd in the regionMost Extreme: 642nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 756th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Slug Dung" has been declared a national treasure.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, children have only the most basic of education.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation's reputation for treachery has left it sidelined on the international stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, it is illegal to comfort a crying baby between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, radio stations are forbidden to play anything with too much drum or bass.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the "Rump Diet" is all the rage.

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