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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Mining Sector: 2nd
The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Stop Reading My Motto!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Askatopia

Population17.466 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 strictly enforced bedtime, rampant corporate plagiarism, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.466 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 Education and Welfare 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 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 9,501 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 a breathtaking 544,011 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home, survivors receive aid from only the most environmentally-friendly transport, and putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument. 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 258,348th in the world and 9,820th in the South Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 0.47 percentage of bribes refused.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Mining Sector: 2ndMost Primitive: 2ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rdMost Devout: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8thMost Corrupt Governments: 27thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 58thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 74thHighest Poor Incomes: 77thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 93rdLargest Black Market: 106thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 183rdLowest Crime Rates: 186thFattest Citizens: 187thMost Avoided: 195thMost Patriotic: 197thHighest Average Incomes: 261stHighest Economic Output: 689thLargest Governments: 1,065thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,248thMost Cultured: 1,671stMost Conservative: 2,064thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,429thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,828thNudest: 4,165thRudest Citizens: 4,166thMost Authoritarian: 4,787thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,847thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,574thTop
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Largest Populations: 15,454thMost Income Equality: 22,033rdMost Extreme: 24,916th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Governments: 33rd in the regionMost Cultured: 50th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 64th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 84th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 102nd in the regionMost Conservative: 106th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 129th in the regionRudest Citizens: 142nd in the regionLargest Populations: 173rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 183rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 226th in the regionMost Extreme: 291st in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 607th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 850th in the regionMost Income Equality: 973rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, survivors receive aid from only the most environmentally-friendly transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Disposables.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, fat-shaming is now public policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, barges of dissidents are being "reeducated through water therapy" in the South Slug Sea.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials.

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