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Best Weather: 4,484th Most Beautiful Environments: 5,577th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,401st
The Sasquatch Guardian of
New York Times Democracy
Feet so big I crush souls
Bran Astor
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Bran Astor

Population3.048 billion

LeaderBran Astor
FaithAgnostic Creationists


The Sasquatch Guardian of Bran Astor is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Bran Astor with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.048 billion Astorians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Victoria. The average income tax rate is 38.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth 418 trillion dentaliums a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 137,181 dentaliums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, the armed forces pride themselves on being conventional and predictable, foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election", and the arms industry is strictly regulated. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bran Astor's national animal is the Sasquatch, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Agnostic Creationists.

Bran Astor is ranked 60,968th in the world and 1,926th in Lazarus for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 64.46 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Best Weather: 4,484thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,577thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,401stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,564thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,678thTop
Most Developed: 7,682ndLargest Publishing Industry: 8,260thHealthiest Citizens: 9,718thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,806thLargest Retail Industry: 9,906thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,001stMost Cultured: 10,186thSmartest Citizens: 10,504thMost Inclusive: 11,291stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,918thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,108thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,443rd
Best Weather: 183rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 219th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 302nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 303rd in the regionMost Developed: 308th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 320th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 388th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 396th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 441st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 461st in the regionMost Cultured: 484th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 490th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 500th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bran Astor's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Bran Astor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Bran Astor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Bran Astor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Bran Astor's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Bran Astor's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Bran Astor, the arms industry is strictly regulated.
  • : Bran Astor's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Bran Astor changed its national faith to "Agnostic Creationists".
  • : Bran Astor altered its national flag.


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