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The Empire of Ashkan

“A is A”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the West Pacific



Population26.645 billion

CapitalAshkanian City

AnimalBald Eagle

The Empire of Ashkan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ashkan with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 26.645 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 31.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ashkanian economy, worth a remarkable 7,118 trillion Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 267,149 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 2,463rd in the world and 48th in the West Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 217.35 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 7thHighest Economic Output: 691stLargest Black Market: 798thMost Secular: 856thHighest Poor Incomes: 888thSmartest Citizens: 1,216thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,264thMost Efficient Economies: 1,346thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,538thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,935thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,112thLargest Mining Sector: 2,224thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,292ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,329thLargest Populations: 2,388thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,463rdMost Influential: 2,537thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,569thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,614thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,914thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,267thLowest Crime Rates: 3,553rdRudest Citizens: 3,659thMost Developed: 3,701stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,021stFattest Citizens: 4,167thLargest Retail Industry: 4,558thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,304thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,641stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,517thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,807thLargest Governments: 8,959thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,452ndMost Advanced Public Education: 10,040thMost Stationary: 11,139thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,779thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,758thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,739th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionMost Secular: 20th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 24th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 39th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 42nd in the regionMost Influential: 45th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 48th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 52nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 77th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 77th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 79th in the regionFattest Citizens: 85th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 93rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 97th in the regionMost Developed: 99th in the regionRudest Citizens: 100th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 109th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 119th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 148th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 170th in the regionMost Stationary: 178th in the regionLargest Governments: 183rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 223rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 235th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 357th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 406th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 454th in the regionMost Average: 531st in the region

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