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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 12thMost Cheerful Citizens: 103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 120th
The Free Bears of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Do we WHAT in the woods?
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Bears Armed

Population32.393 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 32.393 billion Bears hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Council Groves. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Urrsish economy, worth an astonishing 11,111 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 amazing 343,022 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,153,175 per year while the poor average 75,658, a ratio of 15.2 to 1.

The nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear, shopkeepers use microscopes to verify the authenticity of banknotes, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works, and Chairbear of the High Council is spearheading a new fashion trend of wearing swimming goggles and medieval armour. Crime is totally unknown. Bears Armed's national animal is the goldilocks, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is One Plus Seven.

Bears Armed is ranked 1,553rd in the world and 2nd in International Democratic Union for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 277.31 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Cultured: 12thMost Cheerful Citizens: 103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 120thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135thHighest Food Quality: 218thLargest Publishing Industry: 234thMost Primitive: 325thMost Valuable International Artwork: 409thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 410thHighest Economic Output: 417thHighest Disposable Incomes: 434thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 529thMost Devout: 546thRudest Citizens: 559thLargest Agricultural Sector: 679thMost Efficient Economies: 682ndMost Beautiful Environments: 694thLargest Gambling Industry: 765thMost Rebellious Youth: 969thHighest Average Incomes: 1,425thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,431stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,526thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,553rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,596thLargest Populations: 2,024thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,414thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,395thLargest Retail Industry: 6,254thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,020thMost Armed: 11,447thTop
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Most Inclusive: 11,797thNicest Citizens: 12,253rdLargest Governments: 12,522ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,566thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,050thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,701stHighest Drug Use: 15,690thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,717thMost Politically Free: 16,412thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,989thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,759th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, Chairbear of the High Council is spearheading a new fashion trend of wearing swimming goggles and medieval armour.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, shopkeepers use microscopes to verify the authenticity of banknotes.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, the nation is International Democratic Union's leading manufacturer of intricately-patterned sweaters.
  • : Bears Armed was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.

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