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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
Region
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Corrupted

Overview Factbook People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Playful Otters of BearNation is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Bobby ButterPaws with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, digital currency, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 28.652 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 8,536 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 297,928 splashes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy, and park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets. 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 1,691st in the world and 9th in Gay for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 7thLargest Publishing Industry: 8thMost Armed: 12thMost Rebellious Youth: 13thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14thMost Developed: 30thMost Beautiful Environments: 45thMost Cultured: 47thLongest Average Lifespans: 58thSmartest Citizens: 103rdMost Influential: 113thBest Weather: 200thLargest Gambling Industry: 272ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 290thHighest Economic Output: 337thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 628thMost Scientifically Advanced: 647thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 685thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 749thLargest Black Market: 856thRudest Citizens: 906thLargest Populations: 945thMost Stationary: 1,010thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,052ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,211thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,568thMost Efficient Economies: 1,691stMost Politically Free: 1,697thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,726thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,383rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,777thLargest Retail Industry: 2,967thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2,987thNudest: 5,927thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,930thMost Inclusive: 6,081stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,261stHighest Drug Use: 6,695thTop
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Largest Governments: 9,269thHealthiest Citizens: 10,081stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,186thMost Extreme: 11,697th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : BearNation lodged a message on the Gay Regional Message Board.
  • : BearNation voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Enabling The Disabled In Academia".
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns.
  • : Following new legislation in BearNation, sex changes are routinely performed at BearNation's hospitals.
  • : BearNation endorsed The Matriarchy of Strez Thad.
  • : BearNation was endorsed by The Matriarchy of Strez Thad.
  • : BearNation lodged a message on the Gay Regional Message Board.

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