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The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 23.42 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 Industry, Education, 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 6,410 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 273,707 golden thalers, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

Cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, pootling steam trains carry delighted tourists and frustrated businessmen from city to city at a snail's pace, the Urrsish Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances, and exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles. Crime is almost non-existent. 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 3,598th in the world and 1st in International Democratic Union for Most Devout, with 3,671.38 Prayers Per Hour.

Most Efficient Economies: 89thMost Cheerful Citizens: 139thMost Primitive: 173rdMost Cultured: 173rdMost Stationary: 460thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 463rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 519thHighest Economic Output: 577thLargest Publishing Industry: 641stLargest Gambling Industry: 753rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 874thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 918thMost Beautiful Environments: 962ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,252ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,258thHighest Average Incomes: 1,565thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,681stTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 1,761stBest Weather: 2,065thRudest Citizens: 2,224thLargest Populations: 2,230thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,451stMost Influential: 3,519thMost Devout: 3,598thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,060thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,831stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,077thSmartest Citizens: 5,266thMost Developed: 5,684thNicest Citizens: 5,996thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,335thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,785thLargest Retail Industry: 8,011thMost Politically Free: 8,055thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,169thTop
Nudest: 8,708thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,097thLargest Black Market: 13,056th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the region

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