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Bran Astor

Population8.592 billion

LeaderHarry Henderson
FaithGnostic Creationism

Animaltree octopus

The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Harry Henderson with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, complete absence of social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 8.592 billion Astorians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stumptown. The average income tax rate is 63.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,416 trillion bytecoins a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 164,884 bytecoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Fly fishermen are legally forbidden from using electronic lures, politicians are forced to vote with their party leaders, the government merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations, and the nation was recently voted "most likely to betray its allies". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bran Astor's national animal is the tree octopus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Gnostic Creationism.

Bran Astor is ranked 10,609th in the world and 209th in the West Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 10,561.33 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,589thTop
Best Weather: 3,498thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,203rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,188thLargest Black Market: 5,333rdMost Cultured: 5,392ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,447thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,432ndLargest Publishing Industry: 6,684thRudest Citizens: 6,714thMost Developed: 7,223rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,635thLargest Retail Industry: 7,939thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,943rdSmartest Citizens: 7,969thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,854thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,609thMost Inclusive: 10,617thHighest Average Incomes: 11,150thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,414thMost Efficient Economies: 11,601stTop
Highest Economic Output: 12,372ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,592ndMost Secular: 14,659thMost Influential: 15,324thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,865thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,313thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,734thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,017thMost Stationary: 22,492ndLargest Governments: 23,403rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 37th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 71st in the regionLargest Black Market: 79th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 82nd in the regionMost Cultured: 111th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 119th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 133rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 140th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 157th in the regionMost Developed: 161st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 169th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 178th in the regionRudest Citizens: 180th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 182nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 195th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 198th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 207th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 209th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 217th in the regionMost Inclusive: 256th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 265th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 271st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 273rd in the regionLargest Populations: 279th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 319th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 319th in the regionMost Secular: 339th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 392nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 439th in the regionLargest Governments: 449th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 475th in the regionMost Influential: 494th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 535th in the region

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