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Highest Crime Rates: 6thMost Armed: 8thMost Rebellious Youth: 11th
The Playful Otters of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Founded 29 May 2004
Bobby ButterPaws
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population35.323 billion

CapitalMyrtle Beach
LeaderBobby ButterPaws


The Playful Otters of BearNation is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bobby ButterPaws with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, unlimited-speed roads, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 35.323 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 Myrtle Beach. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Otterian economy, worth a remarkable 9,793 trillion splashes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 277,266 splashes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention, supervisors in BearNation commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence, truancy levels are on the rise ever since school registers were banned, and psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Bobby ButterPaws to meetings with foreign heads of state. 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 206,965th in the world and 128th in Gay for Most Primitive, scoring -847.89 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Highest Crime Rates: 6thMost Armed: 8thMost Rebellious Youth: 11thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14thMost Cultured: 95thMost Beautiful Environments: 103rdLargest Publishing Industry: 111thMost Efficient Economies: 120thLargest Gambling Industry: 195thMost Cheerful Citizens: 308thBest Weather: 317thSmartest Citizens: 368thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 447thHighest Economic Output: 456thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 715thHighest Disposable Incomes: 805thLargest Populations: 833rdMost Subsidized Industry: 892ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,086thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,124thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,379thHighest Drug Use: 1,530thMost Politically Free: 1,740thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,864thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,882ndLargest Black Market: 2,061stTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,318thHighest Average Incomes: 2,488thLargest Retail Industry: 3,618thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,502ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,923rdMost Inclusive: 6,275thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,503rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,383rdLargest Governments: 8,551stNudest: 8,856thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,919thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11,694thHealthiest Citizens: 12,184thMost Influential: 17,125th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the region

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