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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Efficient Economies: 84th Most Cultured: 109th Most Cheerful Citizens: 122nd
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Do we WHAT in the woods?
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Handshaker
Hospitality Minister / Regional Ecologist
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Frightening
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Widely Abused

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The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 24.459 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 a remarkable 7,009 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, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 286,574 golden thalers, with the richest citizens earning 7.9 times as much as the poorest.

The country routinely whitewashes uncomfortable parts of its history, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, army rations are served on silver platters, and a video of Chairbear of the High Council wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news. 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 526th in the world and 3rd in International Democratic Union for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 42,589.92 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 84thMost Cultured: 109thMost Cheerful Citizens: 122ndMost Primitive: 157thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 294thMost Stationary: 434thLargest Publishing Industry: 526thHighest Economic Output: 528thLargest Agricultural Sector: 649thLargest Gambling Industry: 748thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 800thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 837thMost Beautiful Environments: 839thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 886thRudest Citizens: 1,293rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,381stHighest Average Incomes: 1,401stTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1,696thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,703rdLargest Populations: 2,152ndMost Devout: 2,351stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,903rdBest Weather: 3,056thMost Politically Free: 3,466thMost Influential: 3,489thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,674thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,709thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,097thSmartest Citizens: 4,278thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,819thMost Developed: 5,281stNicest Citizens: 6,192ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,443rdNudest: 6,712thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 9,161stHighest Poor Incomes: 9,176thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,235thLargest Black Market: 12,837thHighest Drug Use: 14,779thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,884th
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the region

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