by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 11thLargest Black Market: 609thHighest Economic Output: 666th
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Population31.026 billion

CapitalAshkanian City

AnimalBald Eagle

The Empire of Ashkan is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Ashkan with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 31.026 billion Ashkanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashkanian City. The average income tax rate is 57.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ashkanian economy, worth a remarkable 8,764 trillion Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 282,487 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The tax agency is feared more than serial killers and terrorists, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, a third of Ashkanians are e-certified CEOs, and drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ashkan's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Zazen.

Ashkan is ranked 8,756th in the world and 157th in the West Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 34.7 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 11thLargest Black Market: 609thHighest Economic Output: 666thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,244thMost Secular: 1,265thSmartest Citizens: 1,392ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,488thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,564thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,931stLargest Populations: 2,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,291stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,313thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,420thHighest Average Incomes: 2,511thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,727thMost Developed: 2,790thRudest Citizens: 3,164thMost Influential: 3,374thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,415thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,530thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,672ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,731stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,218thFattest Citizens: 4,763rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,126thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,637thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,735thMost Efficient Economies: 5,963rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,059thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,126thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,559thMost Stationary: 8,255thLargest Governments: 8,756thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,867thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13,626thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,808thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,424thMost Average: 20,914th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 24th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 35th in the regionMost Secular: 38th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 40th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 57th in the regionMost Developed: 58th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 60th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 61st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 63rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 63rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 79th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 80th in the regionRudest Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 88th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 92nd in the regionMost Average: 93rd in the regionMost Influential: 94th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 97th in the regionFattest Citizens: 102nd in the regionMost Stationary: 112th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 113th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 115th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 120th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 126th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 137th in the regionLargest Governments: 157th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 159th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 167th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 263rd in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 330th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 441st in the region

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