The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Harry Henderson with a fair hand, and renowned for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 8.02 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 receive no funds. 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 1,322 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.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Bran Astor lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
- : Bran Astor's influence in The West Pacific fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
- : Bran Astor banned The Disputed Territories of The Best Region from The West Pacific.
- : Bran Astor suppressed a post on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
- : Bran Astor ejected and banned The Colony of Liquid Blue Space Shrooms T-Shirt from The West Pacific.
- : Bran Astor ejected and banned The Colony of Liquid Blue Pink Floyd T-Shirts from The West Pacific.
- : Bran Astor ejected and banned The Empire of Jerin Joshy from The West Pacific.
- : Bran Astor ejected and banned Kuktas from The West Pacific.
- : Bran Astor ejected and banned The Colony of KadoFamu23 from The West Pacific.
- : Bran Astor ejected and banned The United States of Hong-Taiji from The West Pacific.