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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 16th Most Efficient Economies: 78th Most Cheerful Citizens: 103rd
The Free Bears of
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Hospitality Minister / Regional Ecologist
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Bears Armed

Population29.218 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its lack of airports, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 29.218 billion Bears live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

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 a remarkable 9,709 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 332,295 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,212,575 per year while the poor average 64,658, a ratio of 18.8 to 1.

The well-to-do in International Democratic Union are never on time for important appointments, Jennifer Government is a bestseller, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, and a primitive society is being eroded as its youth flock to the modern world. 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 166,614th in the world and 125th in International Democratic Union for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -127.33 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Cultured: 16thMost Efficient Economies: 78thMost Cheerful Citizens: 103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 125thLargest Publishing Industry: 234thMost Primitive: 308thMost Stationary: 366thHighest Economic Output: 373rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 415thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 437thHighest Disposable Incomes: 441stRudest Citizens: 480thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 568thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 580thMost Devout: 655thMost Beautiful Environments: 694thLargest Gambling Industry: 775thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 841stHighest Average Incomes: 1,140thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,247thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,271stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,404thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,609thTop
Largest Populations: 1,910thSmartest Citizens: 2,470thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,124thMost Developed: 3,432ndMost Influential: 4,592ndMost Armed: 6,177thLargest Retail Industry: 6,391stHighest Drug Use: 6,602ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,661stMost Politically Free: 7,208thTop
Nicest Citizens: 9,858thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,182ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,391stLargest Black Market: 11,585thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,913thMost Inclusive: 13,617thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,684thLargest Governments: 14,338thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,829thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,864thNudest: 16,475th
Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the region

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