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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: Suffolk

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The Great Kingdom of Aston is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Great King Aston III with an even hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 25.883 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 98%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

One-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses, anti-government web sites are springing up, city rooftops are pockmarked with the shattered remains of experimental delivery drones, and protests are prohibited from blocking traffic. 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 2nd in Suffolk and 42,225th in the world for Nudest, with 162 Cheeks per Square Mile.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 18 hours ago

  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, protests are prohibited from blocking traffic.
  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, city rooftops are pockmarked with the shattered remains of experimental delivery drones.
  • 1 day 1 hour ago: Aston's influence in Suffolk rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • 1 day 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • 1 day 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, one-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • 3 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • 3 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.
  • 4 days ago: Aston's influence in Suffolk rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".

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