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The Interstellar Empire of Askralion

“There are many races, but one nation.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Osiris

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Askralion

Population14.312 billion

CapitalAskralia
LeaderDivine Emperor Askral III
FaithAskralism

CurrencyAskralian Credit
AnimalAmeba

The Interstellar Empire of Askralion is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Divine Emperor Askral III with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.312 billion Askralians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Environment and Administration aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Askralia. The average income tax rate is 74.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The enormous but underdeveloped Askralian economy, worth a remarkable 2,837 trillion Askralian Credits 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, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. 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 impressive 198,287 Askralian Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Grannies with arthritic hands work miserably on factory production lines, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights, and the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Askralion's national animal is the Ameba, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Askralism.

Askralion is ranked 4,011th in the world and 186th in Osiris for Largest Governments, scoring 42.93 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Top
1%
Most Devout: 107thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 258thMost Corrupt Governments: 320thMost Avoided: 342ndLowest Crime Rates: 368thLargest Black Market: 644thLargest Mining Sector: 1,097thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,279thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,667thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,243rdTop
5%
Healthiest Citizens: 3,563rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,778thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,778thLargest Governments: 4,011thHighest Economic Output: 4,724thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,734thMost Authoritarian: 5,186thHighest Average Incomes: 6,465thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,257thMost Conservative: 8,843rdTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,035thMost Influential: 12,302ndLargest Populations: 15,867thMost Income Equality: 16,682ndMost Extreme: 18,971stLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,467thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,617th
Top
1%
Most Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 54th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 63rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 80th in the regionTop
5%
Most Authoritarian: 149th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 165th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 169th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 180th in the regionLargest Governments: 186th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 194th in the regionMost Influential: 204th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 209th in the regionMost Extreme: 296th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 310th in the regionMost Conservative: 326th in the regionLargest Populations: 404th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 455th in the regionMost Income Equality: 495th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 671st in the regionMost Stationary: 769th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, grannies with arthritic hands work miserably on factory production lines.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Askralian beaches.
  • : Askralion was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, distant and obscure male relatives succeed to the Askralian throne.
  • : Following new legislation in Askralion, on-duty Air Askralion flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.

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