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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: Eminence Grise

Location: 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 even hand, and notable for its complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 26.017 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 99%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

Hundreds of thousands of convicts work as slaves in Aston's many privately-owned prisons, society and government have been organized according to a feudal hierarchy, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers, and citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns. 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 2nd in Suffolk and 117,601st in the world for Least Corrupt Governments, scoring -1,101 on the Inverse Mugabe Relativity Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 6 hours ago

  • 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns.
  • 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers.
  • 1 day 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, society and government have been organized according to a feudal hierarchy.
  • 1 day 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, hundreds of thousands of convicts work as slaves in Aston's many privately-owned prisons.
  • 2 days 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the nation refuses to discard its increasingly useless penny.
  • 2 days 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high.
  • 3 days 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.
  • 3 days 18 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the populace has developed a mortal fear of the woods.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Aston, citizens who become homeless are immediately executed.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Aston, nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths.

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