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Most Stationary: 211thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 590thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 905th
The Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
Created November 14, 2004
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Economy
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The Ice Bears

Population35.763 billion

CapitalNew Oksfjord
LeaderKing Thermo
FaithChurch of Arctic

CurrencyPolar Crown
AnimalPolar Bear

The Kingdom of The Ice Bears is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by King Thermo with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, humorless, devout population of 35.763 billion Ice Bearsians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Law & Order, although Industry, Healthcare, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Oksfjord. The average income tax rate is 4.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ice Bearsian economy, worth a remarkable 3,576 trillion Polar Crowns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,003 Polar Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Childhood friends of King Thermo are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals, and radio stations are forbidden to play anything with too much drum or bass. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ice Bears's national animal is the Polar Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Arctic.

The Ice Bears is ranked 8,186th in the world and 9th in Arctic for Largest Black Market, with 158 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Stationary: 211thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 590thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 905thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 975thLargest Populations: 989thFattest Citizens: 2,023rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,106thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,227thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,077thHighest Economic Output: 3,530thMost Cultured: 3,963rdMost Devout: 4,828thMost Pacifist: 4,949thMost Influential: 5,978thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,809thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,137thLargest Black Market: 8,186thNicest Citizens: 11,692ndTop
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Smartest Citizens: 16,089thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,153rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,323rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,621stMost Beautiful Environments: 18,219thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,162ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,232ndHighest Poor Incomes: 20,582ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,505thMost Efficient Economies: 23,740th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the region

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