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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 5thMost Cheerful Citizens: 91stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 110th
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

Population34.679 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, lack of airports, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 34.679 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, liberal, 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 12,407 trillion golden thalers a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 357,774 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,063,782 per year while the poor average 94,338, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

Remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority"), builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction, and books are so highly regarded in Bears Armed that libraries are often revered as holy shrines. 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 34,337th in the world and 40th in International Democratic Union for Most Developed, scoring 74.63 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Cultured: 5thMost Cheerful Citizens: 91stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 110thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 111thHighest Food Quality: 155thLargest Publishing Industry: 200thMost Primitive: 332ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 402ndHighest Economic Output: 410thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 412thMost Devout: 443rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 521stLargest Agricultural Sector: 536thRudest Citizens: 596thMost Efficient Economies: 618thMost Beautiful Environments: 653rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 717thLargest Gambling Industry: 816thMost Rebellious Youth: 872ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,336thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,423rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,562ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,783rdLargest Populations: 1,954thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,027thSmartest Citizens: 2,106thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,727thLargest Retail Industry: 5,586thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,801stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,506thMost Inclusive: 9,637thLargest Governments: 10,302ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,034thMost Armed: 11,816thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,333rdNicest Citizens: 12,439thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 14,556thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,362ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,530thHighest Drug Use: 26,524th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, books are so highly regarded in Bears Armed that libraries are often revered as holy shrines.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority").
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, there's a mortuary next to every Urrsish restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, Bears believe manners maketh the leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.

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