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Highest Crime Rates: 7th Largest Publishing Industry: 8th Most Armed: 12th
The Playful Otters of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Founded 29 May 2004
Bobby ButterPaws
Regional Influence
Eminence Grise
President of the Regional Council
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Playful Otters of BearNation is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bobby ButterPaws with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 28.102 billion Otters hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, 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 8,368 trillion splashes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 297,777 splashes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Bobby ButterPaws has a wardrobe full of fake designer suits, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, and the country's population is reported with a margin of error of several billions. 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 833rd in the world and 5th in Gay for Largest Black Market, with 836 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Crime Rates: 7thLargest Publishing Industry: 8thMost Armed: 12thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12thMost Rebellious Youth: 12thMost Developed: 28thMost Beautiful Environments: 44thMost Cultured: 46thLongest Average Lifespans: 54thSmartest Citizens: 104thMost Influential: 104thBest Weather: 186thLargest Gambling Industry: 273rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 295thHighest Economic Output: 334thMost Scientifically Advanced: 571stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 623rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 635thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 717thRudest Citizens: 727thLargest Black Market: 833rdLargest Populations: 956thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,019thMost Stationary: 1,036thHighest Average Incomes: 1,184thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,378thMost Politically Free: 1,635thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,669thMost Efficient Economies: 1,727thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,062ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,637thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2,649thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,836thMost Inclusive: 6,169thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,365thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,634thNudest: 7,163rdHighest Drug Use: 7,775thTop
Largest Governments: 9,938thHealthiest Citizens: 10,544thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,065thMost Extreme: 13,617th
Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Extreme: 15th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 16th in the regionNudest: 18th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 24th in the region

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