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Most Stationary: 813th Most Cultured: 1,491st Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,737th
The Free Land of
Anarchy
On Land and Sea, The Bears are Free!
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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The Ursine Northlands

Population21.312 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, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, avant-garde cinema, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 21.312 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 minute, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, with Defense and Industry also on the agenda, 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 3.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Northlander Urrsish economy, worth a remarkable 3,410 trillion golden thalers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 160,015 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 575,539 per year while the poor average 31,843, a ratio of 18.1 to 1.

Gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers, and trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews. 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 7,661st in the world and 17th in International Democratic Union for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 79.01 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Most Stationary: 813thMost Cultured: 1,491stTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,737thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,237thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,376thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,392ndLargest Gambling Industry: 2,546thHighest Economic Output: 2,559thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,961stRudest Citizens: 4,093rdLargest Populations: 4,128thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,381stMost Devout: 4,718thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,960thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,670thMost Politically Free: 5,735thMost Primitive: 6,021stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,256thNudest: 6,847thMost Influential: 7,458thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,661stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,192ndTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 10,649thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,506thMost Efficient Economies: 11,713thMost Developed: 14,827thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,912thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,343rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,820thHighest Drug Use: 15,906thSmartest Citizens: 17,120th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, motivational posters send motorists positive vibes in high-risk areas.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, Chairbear of the High Council's handshakes with opposition leaders usually lead to thumb wars.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard.

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