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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Capitalizt
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: New Suffolk

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The Great Kingdom of Aston is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Great King Aston III with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete absence of social welfare. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 24.544 billion enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt 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.

Hospitals are run down while the rich pay for private treatment, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, and citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless. Crime is relatively low, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. 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 66th in the world for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 32 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 18 hours ago

  • 7 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless.
  • 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect.
  • 1 day 7 hours ago: Aston was reclassified from "Benevolent Dictatorship" to "Capitalizt".
  • 1 day 7 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • 1 day 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, hospitals are run down while the rich pay for private treatment.
  • 2 days 7 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, Suffolk Punch is one of the most popular forenames in Aston.
  • 2 days 7 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, much of Aston's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence.
  • 3 days 7 hours ago: Aston was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Benevolent Dictatorship".
  • 3 days 7 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities.
  • 3 days 7 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the government strictly regulates whale harvest quotas.

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