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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd Most Devout: 3rd
The Eternal Misfortune of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Askatopia

Population9.551 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner
FaithVioletism

CurrencyNuclear Bomb
AnimalSlug

The Eternal Misfortune of Askatopia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, aversion to nipples, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.551 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, with Spirituality and Law & Order also on the agenda, 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 85.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 3,935 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, Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Basket Weaving. 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 412,102 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Otherwise healthy people are being sent to internment camps because they have VODAIS, knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, and the book "Zen and the Art of Dog Maintenance" is inexplicably a worldwide success. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable 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 20,127th in the world and 231st in the South Pacific for Largest Populations, with 9.55 billion Capita.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2ndMost Devout: 3rdMost Primitive: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7thLargest Mining Sector: 11thMost Corrupt Governments: 56thHighest Poor Incomes: 81stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 90thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 98thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 118thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 126thMost Avoided: 133rdLargest Black Market: 175thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 176thFattest Citizens: 219thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 382ndHighest Average Incomes: 463rdLowest Crime Rates: 822ndTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,912thHighest Economic Output: 1,957thLargest Governments: 3,027thNudest: 3,472ndMost Authoritarian: 3,560thMost Conservative: 3,604thMost Efficient Economies: 3,939thMost Stationary: 6,330thRudest Citizens: 7,000thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,086thMost Extreme: 7,669thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,856thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 10,421stMost Income Equality: 10,625thMost Influential: 11,600thMost Cultured: 12,309th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 35th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 64th in the regionLargest Governments: 69th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 88th in the regionMost Stationary: 129th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 160th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 177th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 198th in the regionRudest Citizens: 212th in the regionMost Conservative: 231st in the regionLargest Populations: 231st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 265th in the regionMost Extreme: 285th in the regionMost Cultured: 363rd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 464th in the regionMost Influential: 650th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the book "Zen and the Art of Dog Maintenance" is inexplicably a worldwide success.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, otherwise healthy people are being sent to internment camps because they have VODAIS.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, a full moon at night lets economists sleep tight.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the Hanging Gardens account for half of The Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth's water use.

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