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Most Cultured: 453rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,351stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,456th
The Free Land of
Anarchy
On Land and Sea, The Bears are Free!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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The Ursine Northlands

Population25.436 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 notable for its unlimited-speed roads, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 25.436 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, Defense, and Environment are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy 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 3.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Northlander Urrsish economy, worth a remarkable 4,648 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 Gambling. Average income is an impressive 182,742 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 634,541 per year while the poor average 38,387, a ratio of 16.5 to 1.

The most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead, and there is a dearth of space for new houses. 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 209,246th in the world and 121st in International Democratic Union for Most Conservative, scoring 20.5 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

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Most Cultured: 453rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,351stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,456thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,901stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,972ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,104thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,136thHighest Food Quality: 2,219thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,415thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,448thRudest Citizens: 2,628thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,763rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,879thMost Devout: 3,005thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,058thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,381stLargest Populations: 4,131stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,368thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,967thFattest Citizens: 5,437thMost Primitive: 5,570thMost Efficient Economies: 8,731stHighest Average Incomes: 8,869thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,983rdMost Armed: 10,097thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,977thNudest: 11,210thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 12,892ndSmartest Citizens: 12,918thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,248thLargest Retail Industry: 14,829thMost Politically Free: 17,031stHighest Drug Use: 18,226thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,418thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,322nd
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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 13th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations and Highest Food Quality.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, there is a dearth of space for new houses.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, the most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, the comic book series 'Chairbear of the High Council and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, torture is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise.

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