by Max Barry

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The PS2 Puppet of Askatopia

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific



Population13.286 billion

CapitalThe Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth
LeaderThe Executioner

CurrencyNuclear Bomb

The PS2 Puppet of Askatopia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Executioner with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, fear of technology, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.286 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Education 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 72.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Disposable economy, worth a remarkable 5,235 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 394,098 Nuclear Bombs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sushi is sold on the black market, Harry Potter books are banned, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Askatopia at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, and an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of The Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a 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 181,414th in the world and 6,604th in the South Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 14.43 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1stMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rdMost Primitive: 3rdMost Devout: 4thLargest Mining Sector: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25thMost Corrupt Governments: 45thMost Avoided: 103rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 119thFattest Citizens: 197thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 200thHighest Poor Incomes: 221stLargest Black Market: 293rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 423rdLowest Crime Rates: 580thHighest Average Incomes: 784thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,265thHighest Economic Output: 1,680thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,719thTop
Most Cultured: 3,513thNudest: 3,913thRudest Citizens: 3,998thMost Efficient Economies: 4,308thLargest Governments: 4,322ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,386thMost Authoritarian: 6,375thMost Conservative: 7,491stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,850thTop
Largest Populations: 17,357thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,442ndMost Extreme: 19,616th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 32nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 56th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 105th in the regionLargest Governments: 114th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 118th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 129th in the regionNudest: 131st in the regionRudest Citizens: 139th in the regionLargest Populations: 192nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 206th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 303rd in the regionMost Conservative: 347th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 483rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 506th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 764th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of The Unyielding Cesspit Of Filth.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Askatopia at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, Harry Potter books are banned.
  • : Askatopia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, sushi is sold on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, cruise liners are being requisitioned and filled with zoo animals as Askatopia braces for "Le Grand Deluge".
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Askatopia, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads.


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