by Max Barry

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The Bruce was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 125
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20thLargest Populations: 28th
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The Bruce

Population41.653 billion

Leaderthe Grande Elector
FaithPastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster

AnimalRampant Surly Badger

The Green and Pleasant Dominion of The Bruce is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Grande Elector with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 41.653 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 15,232 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 365,709 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 129,510th in the world and 33rd in Wysteria for Most Average, scoring 36.75 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20thLargest Populations: 28thLargest Publishing Industry: 37thMost Efficient Economies: 134thHighest Economic Output: 195thMost Rebellious Youth: 222ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 331stHighest Disposable Incomes: 369thMost Secular: 402ndSmartest Citizens: 446thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 696thMost Scientifically Advanced: 807thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 836thHighest Crime Rates: 1,043rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,051stMost Cultured: 1,084thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,102ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,169thHighest Average Incomes: 1,207thHealthiest Citizens: 1,238thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,266thMost Developed: 1,353rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,424thHighest Food Quality: 1,567thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,642ndBest Weather: 1,699thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,069thMost Armed: 2,160thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,468thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,738thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,201stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,012thLargest Governments: 4,050thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,775thMost Influential: 6,436thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,589thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,060thLargest Black Market: 10,377thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 19,211thMost Inclusive: 20,067thMost Politically Free: 21,618thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,399th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the region

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