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The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Askatopia

Population11.558 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner
FaithVioletism

CurrencyNuclear Bomb
AnimalSlug

The PS2 Puppet of Askatopia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, public floggings, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.558 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality and Law & Order are also considered important, 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 94.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 4,768 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 412,600 Nuclear Bombs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in Askatopia, people feel the most alone when among peers, and cremation is compulsory for the deceased. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded 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 169,328th in the world and 5,021st in the Rejected Realms for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -48.62 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stMost Ignorant Citizens: 2ndMost Primitive: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdMost Devout: 4thLargest Mining Sector: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 52ndMost Corrupt Governments: 54thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 85thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 87thMost Avoided: 118thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 120thLargest Black Market: 150thFattest Citizens: 214thHighest Poor Incomes: 401stHighest Average Incomes: 507thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 614thLowest Crime Rates: 646thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,449thHighest Economic Output: 1,642ndTop
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Largest Governments: 2,282ndRudest Citizens: 2,907thNudest: 3,051stMost Conservative: 3,555thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,606thMost Efficient Economies: 3,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,114thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,546thMost Authoritarian: 5,983rdMost Cultured: 6,162ndTop
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Most Influential: 12,738thMost Extreme: 14,452nd
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 59th in the regionRudest Citizens: 70th in the regionNudest: 72nd in the regionMost Conservative: 72nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 79th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 98th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 114th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 134th in the regionMost Cultured: 143rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 152nd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 256th in the regionLargest Populations: 263rd in the regionMost Extreme: 338th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Askatopia's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Askatopia's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Askatopia lodged a message on the The Rejected Realms Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, cremation is compulsory for the deceased.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, people feel the most alone when among peers.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in Askatopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the government has declared victoria over the cheese menace.
  • : Askatopia relocated from Lazarus to The Rejected Realms.
  • : Askatopia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".

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