by Max Barry

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The Bruce was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 125
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22ndLargest Populations: 35th
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The Bruce

Population38.704 billion

Leaderthe Grande Elector
FaithPastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster

AnimalRampant Surly Badger

The Green and Pleasant Dominion of The Bruce is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Grande Elector with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 38.704 billion Electors 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 tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gemini. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Brucean economy, worth an astonishing 14,154 trillion Kopins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 365,704 Kopins, with the richest citizens earning 6.7 times as much as the poorest.

Police officers often head to work wearing onesies and fluffy pink bunny-slippers, people of faith are sent to twelve-step programs for 'The Cure', translators have been hired to deal with the varying regional accents during national political debates, and any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Bruce's national animal is the Rampant Surly Badger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Bruce is ranked 1,184th in the world and 22nd in Wysteria for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 267.13 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22ndLargest Populations: 35thLargest Publishing Industry: 39thMost Efficient Economies: 105thHighest Economic Output: 190thMost Rebellious Youth: 222ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 317thMost Secular: 332ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 359thSmartest Citizens: 388thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 495thMost Valuable International Artwork: 597thMost Scientifically Advanced: 762ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 886thHighest Crime Rates: 963rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,000thHighest Average Incomes: 1,040thMost Cultured: 1,041stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,050thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,101stMost Developed: 1,126thHealthiest Citizens: 1,131stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,184thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,400thBest Weather: 1,461stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,762ndMost Armed: 1,950thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,333rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,335thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,389thLargest Governments: 3,499thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,653rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,468thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,636thMost Influential: 6,331stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,325thLargest Black Market: 9,030thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 19,083rdMost Inclusive: 19,585thMost Politically Free: 19,636thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,679th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the region

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