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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd Highest Poor Incomes: 3rd Most Scientifically Advanced: 5th
The Great Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship
The Friendly Dictatorship
Influence
Hegemony
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Aston

Population32.795 billion

CapitalIpswich
LeaderThe Great King Aston III

CurrencyBranston Pickle
AnimalSuffolk Punch

The Great Kingdom of Aston is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Great King Aston III with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, strictly enforced bedtime, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 32.795 billion Astonians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Education is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ipswich. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Astonian economy, worth an astonishing 23,172 trillion Branston Pickles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is a breathtaking 706,588 Branston Pickles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service, soylent products are an expensive commodity due to a lack of volunteers, and punitive tariffs protect local industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Aston's national animal is the Suffolk Punch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Aston is ranked 60th in the world and 1st in Suffolk for Smartest Citizens, with 372.31 Quips Per Hour.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5thLargest Gambling Industry: 26thHighest Economic Output: 28thLargest Mining Sector: 36thHighest Average Incomes: 42ndMost Avoided: 46thMost Corrupt Governments: 49thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 50thLargest Populations: 54thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 54thSmartest Citizens: 60thLargest Information Technology Sector: 64thLargest Publishing Industry: 68thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 88thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 102ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 106thLargest Agricultural Sector: 132ndMost Secular: 153rdLargest Black Market: 159thFattest Citizens: 166thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 205thLargest Retail Industry: 217thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 296thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 327thMost Cultured: 332ndLargest Insurance Industry: 336thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 350thRudest Citizens: 476thMost Efficient Economies: 1,132ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,449thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,075thLargest Governments: 2,701stMost Armed: 2,934thTop
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Most Stationary: 8,986thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,737thMost Influential: 12,013th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aston, punitive tariffs protect local industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, soylent products are an expensive commodity due to a lack of volunteers.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, the police force is on a recruitment drive.
  • : Aston's influence in Suffolk fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, the studies of art and philosophy are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Astonian Space Agency.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.

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