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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 13thMost Cheerful Citizens: 103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 121st
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Do we WHAT in the woods?
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears Armed

Population32.099 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 remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, free-roaming dinosaurs, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 32.099 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, liberal, 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 10,934 trillion golden thalers a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 340,636 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,170,646 per year while the poor average 72,684, a ratio of 16.1 to 1.

Citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece, the citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass, and the only science is political science. 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 76,900th in the world and 35th in International Democratic Union for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,843.32 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Cultured: 13thMost Cheerful Citizens: 103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 121stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 141stHighest Food Quality: 224thLargest Publishing Industry: 225thMost Primitive: 317thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 403rdHighest Economic Output: 419thHighest Disposable Incomes: 441stMost Valuable International Artwork: 466thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 537thRudest Citizens: 553rdMost Devout: 559thLargest Agricultural Sector: 677thMost Efficient Economies: 710thLargest Gambling Industry: 726thMost Beautiful Environments: 731stMost Rebellious Youth: 1,026thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,379thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,418thHighest Average Incomes: 1,425thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,497thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,573rdLargest Populations: 2,035thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,472ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,518thLargest Retail Industry: 6,733rdTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,928thMost Armed: 11,022ndNudest: 11,338thMost Inclusive: 12,298thNicest Citizens: 12,471stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,421stLargest Governments: 13,422ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,658thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,916thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,541stHighest Drug Use: 14,861stMost Politically Free: 15,594thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,753rd
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, the only science is political science.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, the citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece.
  • : Bears Armed was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts.
  • : 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 are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, bronze and marble supplies are running low as sculptors depict full-figured subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth.

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