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Most Cultured: 168thHighest Drug Use: 971stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,222nd
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The Ursine Northlands

Population30.768 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, safe nation, ruled by ChairBear of the High Council with a fair hand, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 30.768 billion Bears hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, 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 4.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Northlander Urrsish economy, worth a remarkable 6,559 trillion golden thalers a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 213,194 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 655,254 per year while the poor average 53,622, a ratio of 12.2 to 1.

It is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, and children are often observed making 'sand angels' in bunkers. 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 53,812th in the world and 21st in International Democratic Union for Nudest, with 202 cheeks per square mile.

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Most Cultured: 168thHighest Drug Use: 971stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,222ndHighest Food Quality: 1,293rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,334thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,400thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,583rdMost Devout: 1,975thHighest Economic Output: 2,013thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,045thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,171stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,385thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,460thRudest Citizens: 2,549thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,582ndTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 3,162ndLargest Gambling Industry: 3,409thLargest Populations: 3,999thMost Primitive: 4,367thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,968thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,164thFattest Citizens: 6,126thMost Efficient Economies: 7,054thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,301stHighest Average Incomes: 8,308thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,238thSmartest Citizens: 9,460thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,690thLargest Retail Industry: 12,023rdMost Advanced Public Education: 14,405thTop
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Most Armed: 15,992ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,296thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,112thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24,037th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 5th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, children are often observed making 'sand angels' in bunkers.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, it is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, sleeping on the job is recommended.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, most pop videos prominently feature the Northlander Urrsish flag.

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