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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 51stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66thHighest Average Incomes: 80th
The Social Darwinist Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!
Oryx the Taken King
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Ascendant Hive

Population7.097 billion

CapitalAscendant Dreadnaught
LeaderOryx the Taken King
Faiththe Sword-Logic

CurrencyAscendant Rune
AnimalAscendant Worm

The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Oryx the Taken King with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, flagrant waste-dumping, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.097 billion Ascendant Spawn are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ascendant Dreadnaught. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ascendant Brood economy, worth a remarkable 4,835 trillion Ascendant Runes 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. 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 681,289 Ascendant Runes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Oryx the Taken King, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, trespassers entering Oryx the Taken King's office are immediately vaporized, and the question of 'what is Oryx the Taken King's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ascendant Hive's national animal is the Ascendant Worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the Sword-Logic.

The Ascendant Hive is ranked 138th in the world and 1st in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 24,074.18 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 51stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66thHighest Average Incomes: 80thLargest Information Technology Sector: 118thLargest Insurance Industry: 138thHighest Poor Incomes: 154thLargest Agricultural Sector: 168thMost Corrupt Governments: 168thMost Scientifically Advanced: 178thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 189thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 199thLargest Mining Sector: 209thMost Avoided: 229thLargest Black Market: 247thLargest Retail Industry: 268thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 293rdMost Efficient Economies: 296thMost Subsidized Industry: 302ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 364thMost Armed: 379thMost Devout: 386thFattest Citizens: 414thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 460thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 621stLargest Governments: 758thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 819thLowest Crime Rates: 858thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,000thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,156thRudest Citizens: 1,333rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,670thSmartest Citizens: 1,780thHighest Economic Output: 1,891stTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 3,771stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,998thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,882ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,974thNudest: 6,615thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,869thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 10,639thMost Conservative: 11,128thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,475thMost Authoritarian: 16,642nd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionNudest: 17th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Conservative: 25th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the question of 'what is Oryx the Taken King's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, trespassers entering Oryx the Taken King's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Oryx the Taken King.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, Ascendant Brood tourists are banned from many nations due to their tendency to randomly explode.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, 90% of active duty TAHAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, a Forest Tourist Association survey has rated The Ascendant Hive #1 for number twos.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, military doctrine says not to open fire until you see the "beady little eyes" of Johnny Foreigner.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the monarchy has returned to a simpler time when genitalia was the deciding factor of competence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.

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