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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st Most Primitive: 2nd Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd
The Eternal Misfortune of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Askatopia

Population10.508 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner
FaithVioletism

CurrencyNuclear Bomb
AnimalSlug

The Eternal Misfortune of Askatopia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, rampant corporate plagiarism, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.508 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth. The average income tax rate is 94.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 4,318 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 410,980 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Golden statues of Slugs line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, corrective labour camps either end political dissent or kill the dissenters, and the term "Native Disposable" has been redefined as anyone with the same skin color as the majority. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded 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 1,815th in the world and 28th in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 4,318 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stMost Primitive: 2ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2ndMost Devout: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdLargest Mining Sector: 5thMost Corrupt Governments: 47thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 57thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 81stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 86thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 115thHighest Poor Incomes: 115thMost Avoided: 121stLargest Black Market: 153rdFattest Citizens: 221stHighest Average Incomes: 486thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 613thLowest Crime Rates: 636thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,620thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 1,815thLargest Governments: 2,294thNudest: 3,552ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,862ndRudest Citizens: 3,945thMost Conservative: 4,616thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,155thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,239thMost Authoritarian: 5,282ndMost Stationary: 5,885thMost Cultured: 6,428thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,863rdTop
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Most Influential: 11,354thMost Extreme: 11,374thMost Income Equality: 16,268th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 61st in the regionLargest Governments: 61st in the regionTop
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Nudest: 109th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 115th in the regionMost Stationary: 121st in the regionRudest Citizens: 124th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 126th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 155th in the regionMost Cultured: 187th in the regionLargest Populations: 200th in the regionMost Conservative: 278th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 287th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 480th in the regionMost Influential: 705th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the term "Native Disposable" has been redefined as anyone with the same skin color as the majority.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, corrective labour camps either end political dissent or kill the dissenters.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, golden statues of Slugs line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation is famous for having one of the world's largest Slug hunting institutions.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, citizens pray for sunshine so that they can use illicit sundials for timekeeping.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, city-dwellers are forcibly moved to farming communes in the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, science labs across the country languish in cobwebs as the government turns its attentions to spiritual matters.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, The Executioner's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, genetic research has been halted.

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