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Bran Astor

Population8.02 billion

LeaderHarry Henderson
FaithGnostic Creationism

Animaltree octopus

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.

Bran Astor is ranked 143,125th in the world and 3,759th in the West Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring zero on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Influential: 236thMost Valuable International Artwork: 817thTop
Best Weather: 3,464thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,223rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,007thLargest Black Market: 5,124thHealthiest Citizens: 5,371stMost Cultured: 5,392ndRudest Citizens: 6,292ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,419thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,763rdMost Developed: 7,091stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,421stLargest Retail Industry: 7,696thSmartest Citizens: 7,894thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,912thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,759thMost Inclusive: 10,378thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,440thHighest Average Incomes: 11,042ndMost Efficient Economies: 11,296thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,419thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,801stHighest Economic Output: 12,990thMost Secular: 14,644thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,769thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,971stLargest Insurance Industry: 18,440thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,512th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 26th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 76th in the regionLargest Black Market: 78th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 90th in the regionMost Cultured: 116th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 121st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 123rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 134th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 143rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 158th in the regionMost Developed: 162nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 169th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 181st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 183rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 187th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 208th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 216th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 219th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 221st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 252nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 256th in the regionMost Inclusive: 258th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 261st in the regionLargest Populations: 300th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 352nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 360th in the regionMost Secular: 361st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 397th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 460th in the regionLargest Governments: 463rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 498th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 526th in the region

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