by Max Barry

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,651stLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,398thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,220th
The Divine Island Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State
May The Sword Of Aschente Protect us And The Islands
King Atticus
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population9.792 billion

CapitalStormblade City
LeaderKing Atticus


The Divine Island Kingdom of Aschente is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Atticus with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 9.792 billion Tech Mages 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormblade City. The average income tax rate is 54.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aschentean economy, worth a remarkable 1,305 trillion Rubies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 133,366 Rubies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", going on a diet invalidates your passport, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, and things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aschente's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Aschente is ranked 185,274th in the world and 4,747th in the Rejected Realms for Most Politically Free, scoring 32.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,651stLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,398thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,220thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,494thHighest Economic Output: 13,631stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,307thMost Developed: 14,672ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,725thMost Secular: 16,083rdMost Efficient Economies: 17,515thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,817thLowest Crime Rates: 18,473rdHighest Average Incomes: 18,686thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,657thMost Influential: 20,894thSmartest Citizens: 22,548thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,953rd
Most Scientifically Advanced: 194th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 240th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 283rd in the regionMost Developed: 311th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 319th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 381st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 422nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 443rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 458th in the regionMost Inclusive: 484th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 497th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 504th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 512th in the regionMost Secular: 525th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 530th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 530th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 560th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 580th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 591st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 598th in the regionLargest Populations: 640th in the region

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