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The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor

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Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the West Pacific


Bran Astor

Population8.581 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 notable for its complete lack of prisons, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 8.581 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, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. 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 1,414 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 5,314th in the world and 80th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 370 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,559thTop
Best Weather: 3,502ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,203rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,178thLargest Black Market: 5,314thMost Cultured: 5,377thHealthiest Citizens: 5,437thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,428thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,679thRudest Citizens: 6,706thMost Developed: 7,235thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,616thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,958thSmartest Citizens: 7,972ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,974thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,847thMost Inclusive: 10,605thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,628thHighest Average Incomes: 11,121stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,417thMost Efficient Economies: 11,614thTop
Highest Economic Output: 12,369thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,596thMost Secular: 14,702ndMost Influential: 15,307thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,935thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,390thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,647thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,104thMost Stationary: 22,504thLargest Governments: 23,426th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 38th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 70th in the regionLargest Black Market: 80th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 81st in the regionMost Cultured: 109th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 120th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 132nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 133rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 138th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 156th in the regionMost Developed: 160th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 170th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 177th in the regionRudest Citizens: 178th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 181st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 195th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 197th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 207th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 209th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 217th in the regionMost Inclusive: 256th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 262nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 267th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 268th in the regionLargest Populations: 278th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 319th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 320th in the regionMost Secular: 344th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 395th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 436th in the regionLargest Governments: 450th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 474th in the regionMost Influential: 493rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 539th in the region

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