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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: 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 iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 26.229 billion Astonians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aston City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Astonian economy, worth an astonishing 16,720 trillion Branston Pickles a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 637,471 Branston Pickles, with the richest citizens earning 5.9 times as much as the poorest.

The army's shirt ninjas are the most feared assassins in the region, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams, and birth rates have hit an all-time low. Crime is totally unknown. Aston's national animal is the Suffolk Punch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Aston is ranked 1st in Suffolk and 136th in the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 15 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 6 hours ago

  • 10 hours ago: Aston's influence in Suffolk fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams.
  • 1 day 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions.
  • 1 day 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the army's shirt ninjas are the most feared assassins in the region.
  • 2 days 22 hours ago: Aston was reclassified from "Benevolent Dictatorship" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • 2 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, tourists outnumber citizens two to one.
  • 2 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, poets and writers are regularly rounded up and shot for entertainment.
  • 3 days 10 hours ago: Aston's influence in Suffolk rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • 3 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, wildlife near farms is slowly becoming extinct.

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