by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 422nd Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 549th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 690th
The Imperial Commonwealth of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
For the Infinite, For the Empire!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Below Average

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend


Population14.883 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 remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, ritual sacrifices, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 14.883 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 Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pandosut. The average income tax rate is 88.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ascenonian economy, worth a remarkable 4,117 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 276,651 Imperial Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Child labor has been outlawed, government officials are held to the highest standard of morality, the government seems embarrassed to be seen governing, and the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm. 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 7,639th in the world and 250th in The North Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 9,320.41 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 422ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 549thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 690thLargest Black Market: 750thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,131stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,219thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,414thHighest Economic Output: 1,601stTop
Highest Average Incomes: 1,767thRudest Citizens: 1,903rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,149thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,851stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,096thMost Avoided: 3,205thLowest Crime Rates: 3,301stLargest Governments: 3,349thSmartest Citizens: 3,481stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,542ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,935thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,046thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,386thLargest Mining Sector: 4,496thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,562ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,651stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,946thMost Cultured: 6,574thLargest Populations: 7,158thLargest Retail Industry: 7,306thMost Influential: 7,553rdLargest Gambling Industry: 7,639thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,783rdTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,356thMost Secular: 10,156thMost Inclusive: 10,393rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,454thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,687thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,409th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 48th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 53rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 60th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 64th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionLargest Populations: 79th in the regionRudest Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Avoided: 85th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 87th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 111th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 114th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 120th in the regionLargest Governments: 130th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 139th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 155th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 157th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 184th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 195th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 250th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 268th in the regionMost Cultured: 291st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 292nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 294th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 337th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 369th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 405th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 486th in the regionMost Secular: 521st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 588th in the regionMost Inclusive: 637th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ascenon applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the government seems embarrassed to be seen governing.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, government officials are held to the highest standard of morality.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, child labor has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, government reports are now used to teach toddlers to read.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, the children of Ascenon are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Ascenon, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.


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