by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 405th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 444th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 491st
The Imperial Commonwealth of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
For the Infinite, For the Empire!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population17.779 billion

FaithInfinite God Dragon

CurrencyImperial Credit
AnimalMutant Prism Dragon

The Imperial Commonwealth of Ascenon is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Alphonse with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 17.779 billion Ascenonians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cadia. The average income tax rate is 90.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ascenonian economy, worth a remarkable 5,407 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 304,152 Imperial Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Alphonse's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons, edutainment video games are taking Ascenon's students to the next level, and the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall. 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 Mutant Prism Dragon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Infinite God Dragon.

Ascenon is ranked 168,650th in the world and 9,122nd in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 20.95 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Efficient Economies: 405thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 444thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 491stLargest Black Market: 494thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 635thLargest Information Technology Sector: 636thMost Influential: 774thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,162ndHighest Economic Output: 1,228thHighest Average Incomes: 1,486thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,696thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,706thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,003rdSmartest Citizens: 2,445thLowest Crime Rates: 2,631stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,704thRudest Citizens: 2,860thMost Cultured: 2,951stLargest Governments: 3,347thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,400thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,250thLargest Mining Sector: 4,576thHealthiest Citizens: 4,676thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,760thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,844thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,966thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,100thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,186thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,536thMost Avoided: 5,868thLargest Populations: 6,553rdLargest Gambling Industry: 7,008thLargest Retail Industry: 7,614thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,249thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,884thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,935thMost Inclusive: 11,700thMost Secular: 12,322nd
Largest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 30th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 48th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 62nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 62nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionLargest Populations: 67th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 99th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 129th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 130th in the regionMost Cultured: 138th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 141st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 145th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 147th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 147th in the regionLargest Governments: 155th in the regionRudest Citizens: 163rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 169th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 171st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 181st in the regionMost Avoided: 191st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 232nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 232nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 257th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 269th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 298th in the regionMost Influential: 308th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 368th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 380th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 387th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 414th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 424th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 543rd in the regionMost Secular: 640th in the regionMost Inclusive: 702nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, edutainment video games are taking Ascenon's students to the next level.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, Alphonse's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Ascenon was endorsed by The Empire of Hileville.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, to say that military robots are inclined towards violence is offensive.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the silencing of dissent speaks volumes about the quality of Ascenonian democracy.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 224 » Calamazo, Shin-Hachioji, Yaorozu, Great Bights Mum, Bayern-Straubing, Universal State Formula, Notyoutopia, Atain, Diodone, Selfgradatude, Shadowrik, Corfad, Sunto, PlanetPunk, Territorio di Nessuno, Wineclaw, Ainsworth, Holy Oranz, Frances Francis the First of France, Phoronu, Kwaj, Puczovska, TerranulliuZ, Ka Ching, Municipality of Baria and Vungtau, Unimaginable Doom, Buckerino, Ozstan, SillyString, Siwale, Q w e r t y, Shibutani, Guslantis, The Gamer Party, General COE, Sil Dorsett, Californian Redwood, Mazeoftime, THX1138, Pallaith, The Kyziban Islands, Lower Nubia, New Trisone, Moubarakistan, Former English Colony, Yukti, Koda-Land, Kylesburgh, Bearical, Amerian States, and 174 others.Highton Islands, Tredano, Snoodum, Avemterra, Maott, Zeternia, Racoda, Whereisthatistan, Suicidistan, Sanjurika, Sacrento, Ethnon, Sundred, Hyperbanus, Empy, United Draconia, SORT, Misuvelia, Dovena, Quranite, The United States of Romania, Wodan, Cloydicia, El Fiji Grande, Xentherida, Arstungry, American MapleStory, Kobagia, Copria, Dar es Saalam, Wilkshire, New Chilokver, Daiz, Greater Pittsburgh, The Iron Lions, Bananaaaaa, Federation Terra Australis, The Pantheons, New Pruessen, The Rhein States, The Austro Germanic Union, The Most Freedom Ever, New Bremerton, The Serdey Islands, Spartoptia, Mercandia, Niradans, United Kahndaq, Malta Comino Gozo, Votak Matim, Torakuen, Sinelona, Vincone Cae, Ostrolia, North Bratislava, Uganda Knuckles UK, Egalico, New Lakemba, The Windmilluminati, Guer Aike, Dreadton, Amauri, Omnistria, Sakaryata, Kasazzastan, Wunderstrafanstalt, Warsaw-Halicz, Outer Egorniand, Plumas, Ninjak30, The South Falls, Lunallian, Detrivania, Panama Coalition, Zumlandia, Rosewood-, Napnomadia, Valhalla123, Sheldanada, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Australiland, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Ethereal Expanse, Sunaiya, Kulgatha, Hong Kong Empire, Black Templares, Ara Antrizuls, Steraz, New Eleria, Pleroma Sans Romans, Kalimora Aire, Pasargad, INTEGRAL, Alunya, Joodey, The Sinclarian Provinces, Zemnaya Svoboda, Justanistan, Renzic, Ofemerica, Tappan Hills, Solmetria, Jasminlandia, Divine Eulogy, Saturns Edge, Spunkland, SchoolHouse Rock, Bohr Einstein, Novare Res, The Notorious Mad Jack, Ibiscaton, Kirostan, Vikingiarchy, Norostilors, Noiah, Acrabinnia, Plangainer, Peldorn, Steampunk Ariel, Far Easter Republic, Trillius, The Stratosphere Islands, Intrapolia, Marijuana Haven, Haor Chall, Soviet Terran, Durgron, Xandarnia, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Frostopia, Astronomical, Norepinephrine, Lost Staria, Victoriaans Nederlands, Ejhsa, Aratani, Senkaiboashi, New Caeitanordia, Rkainjel, Liberum Mundi, Seidr Wyrd, Hircea, Yalkan, Lomjia, Apetopia, Dugariana, Huks Gares, Thiammyalllaland, East Spopovichka, 1 very fast endotarter, Pomur, Yummy Blubber, Tamgu, Your future world, Ikea Rike, Afrille, Miruma, Free Azzaca, Sockmanland, Kingdom of Destsky, The Black Cathedral, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Castle Federation, Noahs Second Country, North Altatude, Ecronentia, Conservadoria, Helia Geopes, Test for a new hope, Wizarda, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Elder Realms, and Hileville.

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