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Bran Astor

Population11.256 billion

LeaderHarry Henderson
FaithGnostic Creationism

Animaltree octopus

The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Harry Henderson with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 11.256 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, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, 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 1,855 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 164,848 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 158,124th in the world and 4,975th in the West Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.94 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Best Weather: 3,958thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,002ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,571stLargest Black Market: 5,052ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,496thMost Cultured: 5,660thHealthiest Citizens: 6,209thHighest Food Quality: 6,362ndRudest Citizens: 6,787thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,212thMost Developed: 7,656thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,172ndLargest Retail Industry: 8,244thSmartest Citizens: 8,428thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,640thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,489thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,489thHighest Economic Output: 10,352ndMost Advanced Public Education: 10,581stMost Inclusive: 11,213thHighest Average Incomes: 12,031stMost Efficient Economies: 12,711thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,137thMost Influential: 14,482ndHighest Poor Incomes: 14,609thMost Secular: 14,745thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,008thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,405thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,775thLargest Insurance Industry: 22,433rdLargest Governments: 25,126th
Best Weather: 69th in the regionLargest Black Market: 70th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 73rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 78th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 100th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 114th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 119th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 135th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 136th in the regionRudest Citizens: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 151st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 151st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 156th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 157th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 158th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 158th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 163rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 185th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 185th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 189th in the regionLargest Populations: 219th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 225th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 233rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 264th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 271st in the regionMost Secular: 306th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 395th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 409th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 430th in the regionLargest Governments: 432nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 531st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 583rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 625th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 703rd in the regionNudest: 762nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 775th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 778th in the regionMost Stationary: 786th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 814th in the region

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