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Bear Connors Paradiso

Population18.097 billion

CapitalMark Barry Michael
LeaderDr Eamer


The Serene Democracy of Bear Connors Paradiso is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Dr Eamer with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, public floggings, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 18.097 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, is dominated by the Department of Education, with Environment also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. 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 4,473 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, Book Publishing, and Tourism. 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 amazing 247,223 euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bear Connors Paradiso's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast, and the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. 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 360th in the world and 10th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 279.1 Quips Per Hour.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 5thHighest Crime Rates: 62ndMost Armed: 89thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 99thMost Scientifically Advanced: 131stMost Rebellious Youth: 149thMost Beautiful Environments: 210thMost Secular: 268thRudest Citizens: 344thSmartest Citizens: 360thMost Developed: 419thBest Weather: 460thLongest Average Lifespans: 506thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 643rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 868thMost Influential: 920thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 988thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,047thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,053rdMost Stationary: 1,252ndLargest Black Market: 1,314thMost Efficient Economies: 1,550thHighest Economic Output: 1,716thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,743rdTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,009thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,521stHealthiest Citizens: 2,536thHighest Average Incomes: 2,921stMost Cultured: 5,294thLargest Populations: 6,203rdHighest Drug Use: 6,391stTop
Most Inclusive: 9,697thMost Politically Free: 14,092ndMost Advanced Public Education: 15,624th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 20th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 20th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 22nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Stationary: 31st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 33rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 33rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 36th in the regionMost Influential: 48th in the regionLargest Populations: 59th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 74th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 75th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 76th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Cultured: 146th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 161st in the regionMost Inclusive: 365th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 440th in the regionMost Politically Free: 451st in the regionNudest: 576th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 603rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 719th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bear Connors Paradiso was endorsed by The Republic of Autistrael.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association.
  • : Bear Connors Paradiso lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, Bear Connors Paradiso's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, Dr Eamer can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, large areas of Bear Connors Paradiso are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Bear Connors Paradiso, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.


World Assembly

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