Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th Highest Crime Rates: 57th
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The Serene Democracy of Bear Connors Paradiso is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Dr Eamer with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 12.959 billion Bears enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, outspoken individuals juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mark Barry Michael. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient a Bear economy, worth a remarkable 2,584 trillion euros 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 large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Information Technology and Book Publishing. 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 an impressive 199,429 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Calisthenics is a well-known tax-dodging technique, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Bear Connors Paradiso's national animal is the swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is agnostic.

Bear Connors Paradiso is ranked 179,635th in the world and 9,642nd in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 18.59 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54thHighest Crime Rates: 57thMost Armed: 70thRudest Citizens: 70thMost Scientifically Advanced: 96thMost Secular: 176thMost Rebellious Youth: 187thMost Beautiful Environments: 241stMost Developed: 342ndSmartest Citizens: 427thBest Weather: 487thLongest Average Lifespans: 622ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 688thMost Influential: 1,051stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,053rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,096thMost Efficient Economies: 1,720thMost Stationary: 1,773rdTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,065thLargest Black Market: 2,119thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,395thHighest Economic Output: 2,986thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,377thHighest Average Incomes: 4,765thMost Politically Free: 4,873rdLargest Populations: 7,885thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,567thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,125thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,413thMost Cultured: 16,327thNudest: 17,406th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionBest Weather: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 33rd in the regionMost Stationary: 38th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 42nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 56th in the regionLargest Populations: 71st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 76th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 100th in the regionMost Politically Free: 129th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 217th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 257th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 416th in the regionMost Cultured: 441st in the regionTop
Nudest: 578th in the region

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