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The Great Western Sasquatch of
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Bran Astor

Population8.581 billion

CapitalStumptown
LeaderHarry Henderson
FaithGnostic Creationism

Currencybytecoin
Animaltree octopus

The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Harry Henderson with a fair hand, and renowned for its digital currency, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. 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, 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 1,414 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 5,316th in the world and 80th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 370 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Best Weather: 3,500thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,203rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,180thLargest Black Market: 5,316thMost Cultured: 5,378thHealthiest Citizens: 5,437thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,429thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,683rdRudest Citizens: 6,712thMost Developed: 7,237thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,617thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,963rdSmartest Citizens: 7,974thLargest Retail Industry: 7,980thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,848thMost Inclusive: 10,612thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,629thHighest Average Incomes: 11,127thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,440thMost Efficient Economies: 11,622ndTop
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Highest Economic Output: 12,373rdHighest Poor Incomes: 13,605thMost Secular: 14,709thMost Influential: 15,309thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,946thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,400thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,673rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,109thMost Stationary: 22,504thLargest Governments: 23,436th
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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: 210th 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
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Most Stationary: 319th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 321st in the regionMost Secular: 345th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 395th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 436th in the regionLargest Governments: 450th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 482nd in the regionMost Influential: 493rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 539th in the region

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