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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 13thMost Cheerful Citizens: 98thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 139th
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Do we WHAT in the woods?
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears Armed

Population30.654 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, avant-garde cinema, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 30.654 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 10,326 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 336,887 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,179,986 per year while the poor average 69,835, a ratio of 16.9 to 1.

Paper and ink publications are subsidised by the government to keep them in the black, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot, sheep-like political loyalists repeat the mantra "one wheel bad, three wheels good", and corporations cut costs by taking away safety-features on their products. 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 28,545th in the world and 21st in International Democratic Union for Nudest, with 210.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Most Cultured: 13thMost Cheerful Citizens: 98thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 139thLargest Publishing Industry: 232ndMost Primitive: 326thHighest Economic Output: 415thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 421stHighest Disposable Incomes: 451stRudest Citizens: 497thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 573rdMost Devout: 587thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 591stLargest Agricultural Sector: 684thLargest Gambling Industry: 694thMost Beautiful Environments: 709thMost Efficient Economies: 712thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,003rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,063rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,332ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,372ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,441stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,474thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,716thLargest Populations: 2,032ndTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,519thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,515thLargest Retail Industry: 6,351stMost Armed: 9,798thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 11,878thNicest Citizens: 12,407thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,546thMost Inclusive: 13,409thLargest Governments: 13,808thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,955thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,602ndHighest Drug Use: 16,152ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,450thMost Politically Free: 16,470thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,496thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,981stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,865th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the region

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