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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Benevolent Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

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 iron fist, and remarkable for its punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 25.141 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 98%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

Newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines, graffiti graces every city's streets, universities are populated by the spawn of the upper classes, and military spending is on the increase. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is a 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 277th in the world for Most Cultured, scoring 259 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 1 day ago

  • 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, military spending is on the increase.
  • 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, universities are populated by the spawn of the upper classes.
  • 1 day 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • 1 day 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.
  • 2 days ago: Aston voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Convention on Fracking".
  • 2 days 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, many junior high school teachers minor in midwifery.
  • 2 days 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • 2 days 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, Aston's airwaves are dominated by corporate-backed commercial radio.
  • 3 days 14 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.
  • 4 days ago: Aston's influence in New Suffolk rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".

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