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The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop Reading My Motto!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Askatopia

Population17.208 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 remarkable for its closed borders, avant-garde cinema, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.208 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 prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Education and Welfare 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 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 9,240 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 a breathtaking 536,991 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wrongful arrests abound as 'criminals' blame the guy next to them, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals, and the only soporific permitted during sermons is the preacher's voice. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Askatopia's national animal is the Slug, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Violetism.

Askatopia is ranked 271,030th in the world and 12,531st in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -1490.62 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stMost Primitive: 2ndLargest Mining Sector: 2ndMost Devout: 3rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8thMost Corrupt Governments: 27thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 64thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 77thHighest Poor Incomes: 81stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 95thLargest Black Market: 109thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 180thFattest Citizens: 187thMost Avoided: 190thLowest Crime Rates: 193rdMost Patriotic: 228thHighest Average Incomes: 271stHighest Economic Output: 721stLargest Governments: 1,122ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,351stMost Cultured: 1,727thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,630thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,852ndRudest Citizens: 3,852ndNudest: 4,289thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,838thMost Conservative: 5,428thMost Authoritarian: 5,709thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,065thTop
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Largest Populations: 15,559thMost Income Equality: 25,218thMost Extreme: 25,618th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionMost Patriotic: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Governments: 35th in the regionMost Cultured: 53rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 68th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 79th in the regionNudest: 109th in the regionRudest Citizens: 123rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 124th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 175th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 192nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 332nd in the regionMost Conservative: 342nd in the regionMost Extreme: 428th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 628th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,186th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the only soporific permitted during sermons is the preacher's voice.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, wrongful arrests abound as 'criminals' blame the guy next to them.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, to 'cut off family ties' is no longer just a phrase.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the giant 80-storey carving of The Executioner in Mount Rushless can be seen from space.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, it is illegal to comfort a crying baby between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm.

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