by Max Barry

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The Bruce was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 125
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th Largest Populations: 29th
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The Bruce

Population35.828 billion

Leaderthe Grande Elector
FaithPastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster

AnimalRampant Surly Badger

The Green and Pleasant Dominion of The Bruce is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Grande Elector with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 35.828 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 1.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Brucean economy, worth an astonishing 13,178 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 367,822 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 1,269th in the world and 23rd in Wysteria for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 275.4 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19thLargest Populations: 29thLargest Publishing Industry: 31stHighest Economic Output: 165thMost Secular: 207thMost Rebellious Youth: 217thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 280thMost Developed: 284thSmartest Citizens: 302ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 310thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 326thLongest Average Lifespans: 345thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 637thMost Scientifically Advanced: 642ndHighest Average Incomes: 739thLargest Information Technology Sector: 821stMost Beautiful Environments: 900thHighest Crime Rates: 944thMost Cultured: 947thHealthiest Citizens: 1,026thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,145thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,190thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,269thMost Efficient Economies: 1,272ndBest Weather: 1,341stMost Armed: 1,569thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,785thRudest Citizens: 1,987thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,161stLargest Governments: 3,273rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,395thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,531stLargest Black Market: 5,116thMost Influential: 5,269thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,397thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,150thTop
Most Politically Free: 9,725thNudest: 13,259th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the region

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