by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 7th Most Rebellious Youth: 12th Most Armed: 12th
The Playful Otters of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Founded 29 May 2004
Bobby ButterPaws
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population29.721 billion

CapitalKelp City
LeaderBobby ButterPaws


The Playful Otters of BearNation is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bobby ButterPaws with a fair hand, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, smutty television, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 29.721 billion Otters hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kelp City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Otterian economy, worth a remarkable 8,169 trillion splashes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 274,863 splashes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Most voters only see their chosen representative visit once every election cycle, no one born in BearNation can fix a leaky faucet, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, and legal contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on. 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. BearNation's national animal is the clam, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

BearNation is ranked 165,470th in the world and 233rd in Gay for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 10.76 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 7thMost Rebellious Youth: 12thMost Armed: 12thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14thMost Developed: 41stMost Beautiful Environments: 46thMost Cultured: 47thLongest Average Lifespans: 70thLargest Publishing Industry: 114thMost Influential: 137thSmartest Citizens: 199thBest Weather: 220thLargest Gambling Industry: 237thMost Cheerful Citizens: 298thHighest Economic Output: 404thMost Subsidized Industry: 671stMost Scientifically Advanced: 739thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 787thLargest Populations: 901stMost Stationary: 946thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 967thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 992ndLargest Black Market: 1,037thRudest Citizens: 1,106thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,165thTop
Highest Drug Use: 1,706thMost Efficient Economies: 1,707thHighest Average Incomes: 1,801stMost Politically Free: 1,904thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,583rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,008thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,190thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,198thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,656thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,711thMost Inclusive: 5,849thNudest: 6,749thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,196thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,256thTop
Largest Governments: 8,557thHealthiest Citizens: 10,110th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionTop
Nudest: 14th in the regionMost Extreme: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, legal contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, no one born in BearNation can fix a leaky faucet.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, most voters only see their chosen representative visit once every election cycle.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of clams and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : BearNation was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : BearNation was endorsed by The Kingdom of Englastonia.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, the standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, rich people sell their mansions to pay for endless rows of mobile homes.


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