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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 12thMost Cheerful Citizens: 102ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 116th
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Do we WHAT in the woods?
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears Armed

Population32.439 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its lack of airports, free-roaming dinosaurs, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 32.439 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 11,139 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 343,392 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,152,491 per year while the poor average 75,929, a ratio of 15.2 to 1.

Children are expected to carve their own toys, Chairbear of the High Council's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti, and Chairbear of the High Council's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide. 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 246,625th in the world and 136th in International Democratic Union for Best Weather, with -242 meters of sunlight.

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Most Cultured: 12thMost Cheerful Citizens: 102ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 116thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135thHighest Food Quality: 213thLargest Publishing Industry: 225thMost Primitive: 323rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 369thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 400thHighest Economic Output: 419thHighest Disposable Incomes: 433rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 522ndMost Devout: 545thRudest Citizens: 561stMost Efficient Economies: 682ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 684thMost Beautiful Environments: 697thLargest Gambling Industry: 765thMost Rebellious Youth: 995thHighest Average Incomes: 1,420thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,440thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,509thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,542ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,608thLargest Populations: 2,023rdSmartest Citizens: 2,374thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,211thLargest Retail Industry: 6,410thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,974thMost Armed: 11,728thMost Inclusive: 11,821stNicest Citizens: 12,276thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,408thTop
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Largest Governments: 12,488thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,048thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,425thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,024thHighest Drug Use: 18,308thMost Politically Free: 18,904thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,918thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,129th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bears Armed was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and Nicest Citizens.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, Chairbear of the High Council's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, Chairbear of the High Council's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, children are expected to carve their own toys.
  • : Bears Armed was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, there's a mortuary next to every Urrsish restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma.

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