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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 8thMost Cheerful Citizens: 100thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 115th
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Do we WHAT in the woods?
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears Armed

Population33.842 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 33.842 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, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Council Groves. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Urrsish economy, worth an astonishing 11,950 trillion golden thalers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 353,134 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,199,224 per year while the poor average 76,717, a ratio of 15.6 to 1.

You need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly, the nation refuses to discard its increasingly useless penny, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows, and students who refuse to pray are expelled from school. Crime is totally unknown. Bears Armed's national animal is the goldilocks, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is One Plus Seven.

Bears Armed is ranked 18,128th in the world and 32nd in International Democratic Union for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

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Most Cultured: 8thMost Cheerful Citizens: 100thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 115thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 121stHighest Food Quality: 179thLargest Publishing Industry: 237thMost Primitive: 340thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 390thHighest Economic Output: 417thHighest Disposable Incomes: 419thMost Valuable International Artwork: 437thMost Devout: 482ndRudest Citizens: 500thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 500thLargest Agricultural Sector: 597thMost Efficient Economies: 632ndMost Beautiful Environments: 674thLargest Gambling Industry: 806thMost Rebellious Youth: 887thHighest Average Incomes: 1,445thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,459thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,526thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,555thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,563rdLargest Populations: 1,989thSmartest Citizens: 2,304thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,346thLargest Retail Industry: 5,664thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,758thMost Inclusive: 9,981stMost Advanced Public Education: 10,581stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,302ndLargest Governments: 11,413thMost Armed: 11,544thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,222ndNicest Citizens: 13,470thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18,128thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,939thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,032ndMost Politically Free: 22,415thHighest Drug Use: 22,569th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bears Armed was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, the nation refuses to discard its increasingly useless penny.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, restaurants are required to specify whether their toilet paper was made in Bears Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of historical leaders at Mount Rushless.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Chairbear of the High Council's bedroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, graffiti graces every city's streets.

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