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BearStackof2015

Population387 million

CapitalBearstonia

CurrencyCalzones
AnimalBearStack

The Community of BearStackof2015 is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 387 million BearStacks hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bearstonia. The average income tax rate is 49.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient BearStackian economy, worth 37.4 trillion Calzoneses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Trout Farming, Tourism, Information Technology, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 96,720 Calzoneses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers, at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Leader's wardrobe, BearStackian tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation, and the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard. Crime is totally unknown. BearStackof2015's national animal is the BearStack, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

BearStackof2015 is ranked 44,103rd in the world and 1,412th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,909.4 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 254thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 2,749thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,342ndMost Politically Free: 6,625thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,175thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,342ndMost Influential: 7,778thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 8,796thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,078thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,254thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,939thBest Weather: 11,552ndMost Rebellious Youth: 13,519thMost Inclusive: 13,864thMost Developed: 15,342ndLargest Retail Industry: 16,713thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,793rdLongest Average Lifespans: 17,328th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 41st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 78th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 152nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 172nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 233rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 256th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 282nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 285th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 308th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 337th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 398th in the regionMost Inclusive: 422nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 438th in the regionMost Developed: 450th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 465th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 466th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 468th in the regionMost Influential: 474th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 491st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 515th in the regionRudest Citizens: 522nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 551st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 563rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 573rd in the regionMost Cultured: 641st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 652nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 662nd in the region

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