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

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Population9.237 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner

CurrencyNuclear Bomb

The Eternal Misfortune of Askatopia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.237 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, although Spirituality and Law & Order are also considered important, 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 84.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 3,742 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 405,124 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It's considered a valid legal defence to say "a demon made me do it", government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet, cities are engulfed by smog, and the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry. 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 3rd in the world and 1st in the South Pacific for Most Devout, with 79,677.13 Prayers Per Hour.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rdMost Devout: 3rdMost Primitive: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8thLargest Mining Sector: 10thMost Corrupt Governments: 56thHighest Poor Incomes: 88thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 97thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 105thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 117thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 125thMost Avoided: 142ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 169thLargest Black Market: 182ndFattest Citizens: 217thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 336thHighest Average Incomes: 491stLowest Crime Rates: 890thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,096thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,358thNudest: 3,009thLargest Governments: 3,169thMost Efficient Economies: 3,984thRudest Citizens: 5,558thMost Authoritarian: 5,960thMost Stationary: 6,531stMost Subsidized Industry: 7,675thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,743rdTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,091stMost Conservative: 11,282ndMost Influential: 11,738thMost Income Equality: 12,273rdMost Extreme: 13,085th
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 42nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 64th in the regionNudest: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 76th in the regionMost Stationary: 130th in the regionRudest Citizens: 171st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 173rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 175th in the regionLargest Populations: 261st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 282nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 326th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 530th in the regionMost Cultured: 556th in the regionMost Extreme: 573rd in the regionMost Conservative: 618th in the regionMost Influential: 638th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, cities are engulfed by smog.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, it's considered a valid legal defence to say "a demon made me do it".
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, corrective labour camps either end political dissent or kill the dissenters.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, recent events in Dàguó have been classified 'for The Executioner's eyes only'.
  • : 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, foreign governments regularly accuse the Disposable military of war crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave.


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