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Most Stationary: 4,488th Most Politically Free: 6,786th Most Cheerful Citizens: 7,715th
The Festive Christmas Community of
Corporate Bordello
We are Santa's BIG helpers
Nick Karhu the Great Polar Bear
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears of the North Pole

Population14.471 billion

CapitalIceburgh
LeaderNick Karhu the Great Polar Bear
FaithEcumenical Christianity

Currencychocolate coin
AnimalGingerbread Seal

The Festive Christmas Community of Bears of the North Pole is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Nick Karhu the Great Polar Bear with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, avant-garde cinema, and daily referendums. The hard-working, democratic, devout population of 14.471 billion Polar Bears are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iceburgh. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 32.3%.

The thriving Northpolish economy, worth 974 trillion chocolate coins a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 67,342 chocolate coins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 220,844 per year while the poor average 15,411, a ratio of 14.3 to 1.

Nick Karhu the Great Polar Bear panders to nontraditional families, village elders are often called in to interpret voting outcomes in Parliament, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, and the government is seen to favor Catholics. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bears of the North Pole's national animal is the Gingerbread Seal, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ecumenical Christianity.

Bears of the North Pole is ranked 55,492nd in the world and 19th in Christmas for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,815.08 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Stationary: 4,488thMost Politically Free: 6,786thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,715thTop
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Largest Populations: 10,185thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,938thHighest Economic Output: 14,289thMost Devout: 14,443rd
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the region

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