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The Great Kingdom of Aston

“The Friendly Dictatorship”

Category: Benevolent Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

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 barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 25.102 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.

One-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses, the police force is on a recruitment drive, mobile phone masts are being erected all over the country, and billions of Branston Pickles are being blown on orbital weapons development. 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 New Suffolk and 112,206th in the world for Best Weather, with -5,770 Metres of Sunlight Above Expected.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 12 hours ago

  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, billions of Branston Pickles are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, mobile phone masts are being erected all over the country.
  • 1 day 4 hours ago: Aston was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • 1 day 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, the police force is on a recruitment drive.
  • 1 day 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, one-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, organ donation is compulsory.
  • 2 days 17 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, drunk drivers are sentenced to death.
  • 3 days 5 hours ago: Aston was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Benevolent Dictatorship".
  • 3 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, stranded astronauts hitch rides on foreign spacecraft to get home.
  • 3 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Aston, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers.

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