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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd Most Scientifically Advanced: 5th Largest Gambling Industry: 13th
The Great Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State
The Friendly Dictatorship
Regional Influence
Hegemony
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Great Kingdom of Aston is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Great King Aston III with an iron fist, and remarkable for its daily referendums, complete lack of prisons, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 31.711 billion Astonians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aston City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Astonian economy, worth an astonishing 21,559 trillion Branston Pickles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 679,887 Branston Pickles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation, dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission, and recorded music can be rented but not bought from record companies. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Aston's national animal is the Suffolk Punch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Aston is ranked 151,366th in the world and 2nd in Suffolk for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 5.69 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5thLargest Gambling Industry: 13thHighest Poor Incomes: 15thHighest Economic Output: 28thMost Secular: 29thMost Avoided: 35thLargest Mining Sector: 39thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 39thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 42ndHighest Average Incomes: 44thMost Corrupt Governments: 49thLargest Populations: 54thLargest Information Technology Sector: 64thSmartest Citizens: 66thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 69thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 77thLargest Publishing Industry: 80thFattest Citizens: 105thLargest Agricultural Sector: 127thLargest Retail Industry: 141stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 142ndRudest Citizens: 151stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 207thLargest Black Market: 225thMost Cultured: 265thLargest Insurance Industry: 280thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 291stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 319thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 334thHighest Crime Rates: 775thMost Armed: 1,034thMost Efficient Economies: 1,121stTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,686thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,383rdLargest Governments: 4,727thTop
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Most Stationary: 9,922ndMost Influential: 13,182nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aston, recorded music can be rented but not bought from record companies.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, the tinfoil-hat crowd also recommend tinfoil wallets.
  • : Aston was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Aston, A-SPAN viewership drops as MPs act their age.

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