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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd
The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Askatopia

Population13.963 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 notable for its fear of technology, ban on automobiles, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.963 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 are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth. The average income tax rate is 82.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 5,955 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 an amazing 426,498 Nuclear Bombs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The teaching of evolution has been banned, children get arrested for floating paper boats on lakes, the "walk of shame" is now a daily public spectacle, and parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a 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 75,786th in the world and 2,456th in the South Pacific for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 4,320.75 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stMost Ignorant Citizens: 2ndMost Primitive: 3rdLargest Mining Sector: 3rdMost Devout: 4thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 39thMost Avoided: 101stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 105thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 182ndFattest Citizens: 198thLargest Black Market: 232ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 291stHighest Poor Incomes: 387thLowest Crime Rates: 477thHighest Average Incomes: 601stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 616thHighest Economic Output: 1,383rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,561stTop
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Most Cultured: 3,051stLargest Governments: 3,264thRudest Citizens: 3,491stMost Efficient Economies: 3,710thNudest: 4,427thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,724thMost Conservative: 5,450thMost Authoritarian: 6,536thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,755thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,124thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,289thLargest Populations: 17,080thMost Extreme: 22,040th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 29th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Governments: 86th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 88th in the regionRudest Citizens: 104th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 106th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 109th in the regionNudest: 139th in the regionLargest Populations: 191st in the regionMost Conservative: 265th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 295th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 372nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 406th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 464th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 495th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the "walk of shame" is now a daily public spectacle.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, children get arrested for floating paper boats on lakes.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the teaching of evolution has been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Disposables.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation is proudly the least fertile in the South Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, every worker receives exactly the same pay regardless of productivity.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, people spend a lot on hair and nails.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, The Executioner is refusing to make decisions until the Moon is out of Capricorn.

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