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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Benevolent Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: New Suffolk

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The Great Kingdom of Aston is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Great King Aston III with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 25.475 billion Astonians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

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 99%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

University graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts, military spending is on the increase, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories, and almost half of the child population live rough on the streets. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is moderate. 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 53rd in the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 40 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 9 hours ago

  • 108 minutes ago: Following new legislation in Aston, almost half of the child population live rough on the streets.
  • 108 minutes ago: Following new legislation in Aston, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories.
  • 1 day 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in Aston, military spending is on the increase.
  • 1 day 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in Aston, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • 1 day 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in Aston, dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, Suffolk Punches with strange deformities like three eyes and tentacles have been seen prancing through the countryside where industrial waste is dumped.
  • 3 days 1 hour ago: Aston was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Benevolent Dictatorship".
  • 3 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in Aston, wind farms are erected on shuttered oil platforms.
  • 3 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in Aston, euthanasia is legal.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Aston, notable individuals are granted land and titles.

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