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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: New Suffolk

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The Great Kingdom of Aston is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by The Great King Aston III with an even hand, and notable for its punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 25.673 billion Astonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, pro-business government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Defence, with areas such as the Environment and Social Welfare receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aston City. The average income tax rate is 98%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

Birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists, schoolchildren have twice-weekly sex education classes, and roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is a serious problem. Aston's national animal is the Suffolk Punch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the Branston Pickle.

Aston is ranked 1st in New Suffolk and 127th in the world for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 24 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 1 day 15 hours ago

  • 1 day 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • 1 day 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, schoolchildren have twice-weekly sex education classes.
  • 2 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • 2 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • 3 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • 3 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns.
  • 4 days ago: Aston was reclassified from "Capitalizt" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Aston, movies and computer games are strictly censored for violence.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the workforce is almost entirely made up of slave labour.
  • 4 days ago: Aston's influence in New Suffolk rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".

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