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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,196thBest Weather: 3,804thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,478th
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Bran Astor

Population9.066 billion

LeaderHarry Henderson
FaithGnostic Creationism

Animaltree octopus

The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Harry Henderson with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 9.066 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, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. 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 1,494 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 11,425th in the world and 319th in the West Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 6,303.2 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,196thTop
Best Weather: 3,804thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,478thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,272ndMost Cultured: 5,447thLargest Black Market: 5,480thHealthiest Citizens: 5,605thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,736thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,738thRudest Citizens: 6,901stMost Developed: 7,351stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,792ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,988thLargest Retail Industry: 8,005thSmartest Citizens: 8,081stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,315thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,763rdMost Inclusive: 10,765thHighest Average Incomes: 11,401stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,425thMost Efficient Economies: 11,711thTop
Highest Economic Output: 11,956thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,687thMost Secular: 14,813thMost Influential: 15,154thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,046thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,531stLargest Insurance Industry: 18,290thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,865thMost Stationary: 21,045thLargest Governments: 23,500th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 35th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 74th in the regionLargest Black Market: 78th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 84th in the regionMost Cultured: 112th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 122nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 134th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 144th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 147th in the regionMost Developed: 167th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 167th in the regionRudest Citizens: 181st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 183rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 193rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 193rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 202nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 203rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 217th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 219th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 222nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 267th in the regionLargest Populations: 274th in the regionMost Inclusive: 275th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 284th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 289th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 295th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 319th in the regionMost Secular: 341st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 395th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 453rd in the regionLargest Governments: 470th in the regionMost Influential: 486th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 514th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 514th in the region

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