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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 8thMost Cheerful Citizens: 97thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 117th
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest Nation-Hating Hippies
Do we WHAT in the woods?
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears Armed

Population34.096 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, lack of airports, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 34.096 billion Bears hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Council Groves. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Urrsish economy, worth an astonishing 12,093 trillion golden thalers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 354,688 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,142,630 per year while the poor average 83,329, a ratio of 13.7 to 1.

Chairbear of the High Council's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, and one does not simply walk into the tundra. Crime is totally unknown. Bears Armed's national animal is the goldilocks, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is One Plus Seven.

Bears Armed is ranked 258,273rd in the world and 118th in International Democratic Union for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -44.61 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Cultured: 8thMost Cheerful Citizens: 97thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 117thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 118thHighest Food Quality: 171stLargest Publishing Industry: 227thMost Primitive: 341stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 404thHighest Economic Output: 416thHighest Disposable Incomes: 419thMost Devout: 463rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 463rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 513thRudest Citizens: 579thLargest Agricultural Sector: 582ndMost Beautiful Environments: 647thMost Efficient Economies: 648thLargest Gambling Industry: 765thMost Rebellious Youth: 884thHighest Average Incomes: 1,435thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,452ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,500thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,661stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,708thLargest Populations: 1,979thSmartest Citizens: 2,266thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,570thLargest Retail Industry: 5,751stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,706thMost Inclusive: 9,843rdMost Advanced Public Education: 10,327thLargest Governments: 10,964thMost Armed: 11,533rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,665thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 13,406thNicest Citizens: 14,364thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,048thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,878thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,806thHighest Drug Use: 23,445thMost Politically Free: 23,659th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, Chairbear of the High Council's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, the nation is famous for having one of the world's largest goldilocks hunting institutions.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, internet service is too costly for normal people to purchase.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, families must live in a village for a century before they get any say in how it runs.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, children are expected to carve their own toys.

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