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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 307th Most Influential: 644th Best Weather: 4,526th
The Whisperer in Darkness of
New York Times Democracy
Un Sacrificium Parvis ob Adagnitio
Dr Henry Armitage
Influence
Truckler
Heir Apparent & Squatchy Internal Affairs Minister
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Bran Astor

Population5.586 billion

CapitalArkham
LeaderDr Henry Armitage
FaithAgnostic creationism

Currencydentalium
AnimalCephalopod

The Whisperer in Darkness of Bran Astor is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dr Henry Armitage with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 5.586 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 government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arkham. The average income tax rate is 42.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth 782 trillion dentaliums a year, is broadly 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 140,106 dentaliums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, the nation's air force consists of strongly-worded letters folded into paper airplanes, coffee-addicted citizens look forward to baristas getting their name wrong at local coffee shops, and children are often punished for the sins of the fathers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bran Astor's national animal is the Cephalopod, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Agnostic creationism.

Bran Astor is ranked 7,331st in the world and 175th in the West Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 13,080.65 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Best Weather: 4,526thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,741stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,099thMost Developed: 7,112thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,193rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,331stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,809thHealthiest Citizens: 8,332ndTop
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Most Cultured: 8,513thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,975thSmartest Citizens: 10,086thMost Inclusive: 10,392ndLargest Retail Industry: 11,323rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,675thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,861stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,045thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,417thHighest Average Incomes: 14,706thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,207thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,524thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,874th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 108th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 139th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 171st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 175th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 177th in the regionMost Developed: 187th in the regionMost Cultured: 192nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 202nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 219th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 247th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 266th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 287th in the regionMost Inclusive: 291st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 313th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 319th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 330th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 346th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 361st in the regionLargest Populations: 383rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 431st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 453rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 465th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 471st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 523rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 556th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 587th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 607th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 631st in the regionMost Secular: 633rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 669th in the regionMost Stationary: 680th in the region

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