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Most Cultured: 229thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,278thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,284th
The Free Land of
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On Land and Sea, The Bears are Free!
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The Ursine Northlands

Population27.531 billion

CapitalNorthPort
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven or Urrsarhtru

Currencygolden thaler
Animalhare

The Free Land of The Ursine Northlands is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 27.531 billion Bears live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Environment, and Administration are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of NorthPort. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Northlander Urrsish economy, worth a remarkable 5,538 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 Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 201,171 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 670,683 per year while the poor average 44,927, a ratio of 14.9 to 1.

Urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-golden thaler treacle machine, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, and visitors to Violet Rock City are stunned to learn that they must memorize the "99 Principles" before entering. Crime is totally unknown. The Ursine Northlands's national animal is the hare, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is One Plus Seven or Urrsarhtru.

The Ursine Northlands is ranked 69,779th in the world and 15th in International Democratic Union for Most Extreme, scoring 26.42 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Cultured: 229thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,278thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,284thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,297thHighest Food Quality: 1,424thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,745thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,878thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,888thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,035thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,083rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,089thHighest Economic Output: 2,094thMost Devout: 2,182ndRudest Citizens: 2,284thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,562ndTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,574thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,800thLargest Populations: 3,956thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,198thMost Primitive: 4,928thFattest Citizens: 5,577thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,093rdMost Efficient Economies: 6,785thHighest Average Incomes: 7,244thLargest Retail Industry: 9,911thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,322ndSmartest Citizens: 10,474thMost Armed: 11,243rdTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,111thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,828thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,909thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,588thHighest Drug Use: 22,556thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25,352ndMost Politically Free: 25,650th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, visitors to Violet Rock City are stunned to learn that they must memorize the "99 Principles" before entering.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-golden thaler treacle machine.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, it is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language.

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