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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Mining Sector: 2nd
The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Askatopia

Population15.746 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner
FaithVioletism

CurrencyNuclear Bomb
AnimalSlug

The PS2 Puppet of Askatopia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and renowned for its lack of airports, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.746 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 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 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 7,770 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 493,482 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions, children often kick Slugs for amusement, and the banshee wail foretells skies of death. 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 192nd in the world and 8th in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 719.64 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Mining Sector: 2ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2ndMost Primitive: 2ndMost Devout: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13thMost Corrupt Governments: 33rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 85thHighest Poor Incomes: 98thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 112thLargest Black Market: 136thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 150thFattest Citizens: 175thMost Avoided: 180thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 192ndLowest Crime Rates: 248thHighest Average Incomes: 350thMost Patriotic: 567thHighest Economic Output: 943rdMost Conservative: 1,425thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,617thLargest Governments: 1,618thMost Cultured: 2,229thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 2,994thMost Efficient Economies: 3,227thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,131stNudest: 4,164thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,342ndRudest Citizens: 7,871stTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 11,854thMost Extreme: 15,810thLargest Populations: 16,158thMost Income Equality: 17,884th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 18th in the regionMost Patriotic: 19th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Governments: 51st in the regionMost Cultured: 65th in the regionMost Conservative: 70th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 100th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 112th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 114th in the regionNudest: 129th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 134th in the regionMost Extreme: 149th in the regionLargest Populations: 181st in the regionRudest Citizens: 265th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 280th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 735th in the regionMost Stationary: 816th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, children often kick Slugs for amusement.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, foreign militaries are taking a particular interest in the nation's abandoned borders and cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, most foreigners can't name the leader of Askatopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, Harry Potter books are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, pulling weeds is seen as a threat to national security.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.

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