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: 33rd
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The Bruce

Population38.68 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 renowned for its compulsory military service, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 38.68 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 14,145 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 2,338th in the world and 9th in Wysteria for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2,384.2 Tourists Per Hour.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22ndLargest Populations: 33rdLargest Publishing Industry: 39thMost Efficient Economies: 103rdHighest Economic Output: 188thMost Rebellious Youth: 223rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 309thMost Secular: 331stHighest Disposable Incomes: 361stSmartest Citizens: 383rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 490thMost Valuable International Artwork: 574thMost Scientifically Advanced: 758thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 880thHighest Crime Rates: 960thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,003rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,040thMost Cultured: 1,044thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,053rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,102ndMost Developed: 1,120thHealthiest Citizens: 1,133rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,186thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,401stBest Weather: 1,472ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,759thMost Armed: 1,940thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,317thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,338thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,355thLargest Governments: 3,498thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,645thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,605thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,647thMost Influential: 6,317thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,271stLargest Black Market: 9,016thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 19,171stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,544thMost Inclusive: 19,562ndMost Politically Free: 19,565th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8th in the region

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