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The Great Western Sasquatch of
Corporate Bordello
Feet so big they crush souls
Influence
Duckspeaker
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Bran Astor

Population7.205 billion

CapitalStumptown
LeaderHarry Henderson
FaithGnostic Creationism

Currencybytecoin
Animaltree octopus

The Great Western Sasquatch of Bran Astor is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Harry Henderson with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, compulsory vegetarianism, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 7.205 billion Astorians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Environment, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stumptown. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 52.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,206 trillion bytecoins a year, is fairly diversified and 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 167,485 bytecoins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 529,359 per year while the poor average 40,459, a ratio of 13.1 to 1.

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 33,342nd in the world and 900th in the West Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 69.44 on the Rand Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 37thMost Influential: 111thMost Valuable International Artwork: 557thTop
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Best Weather: 3,606thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,422ndRudest Citizens: 4,889thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,221stLargest Black Market: 5,255thHealthiest Citizens: 5,290thMost Cultured: 5,334thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,337thLargest Retail Industry: 6,516thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,886thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,892ndMost Developed: 7,250thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,357thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,725thSmartest Citizens: 8,012thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,401stMost Inclusive: 9,818thMost Efficient Economies: 10,016thHighest Average Incomes: 10,148thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,836thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,906thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,607thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,054thHighest Economic Output: 13,704thMost Secular: 13,838thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,630thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,505thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,796thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,165thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,326th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 80th in the regionLargest Black Market: 85th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 99th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 123rd in the regionMost Cultured: 124th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 128th in the regionRudest Citizens: 133rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 151st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 155th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 160th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 162nd in the regionMost Developed: 173rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 187th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 188th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 196th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 198th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 212th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 217th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 217th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 224th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 252nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 253rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 254th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 283rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 288th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 312th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 344th in the regionMost Secular: 380th in the regionMost Stationary: 407th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 438th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 471st in the regionLargest Governments: 475th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 499th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 525th in the regionMost Armed: 542nd in the region

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