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Bears Armed was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 124
Most Cultured: 5thMost Cheerful Citizens: 91stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 110th
The Free Bears of
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Bears Armed

Population34.653 billion

CapitalCouncil Groves
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven

Currencygolden thaler
Animalgoldilocks

The Free Bears of Bears Armed is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, free-roaming dinosaurs, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 34.653 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 12,394 trillion golden thalers a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 357,660 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,063,445 per year while the poor average 94,308, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

There's a mortuary next to every Urrsish restaurant, remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority"), and builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction. 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 280,178th in the world and 112th in International Democratic Union for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -94.85 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Cultured: 5thMost Cheerful Citizens: 91stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 110thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 110thHighest Food Quality: 155thLargest Publishing Industry: 205thMost Primitive: 330thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 407thHighest Disposable Incomes: 408thHighest Economic Output: 409thMost Devout: 441stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 525thLargest Agricultural Sector: 542ndRudest Citizens: 591stMost Efficient Economies: 622ndMost Beautiful Environments: 650thMost Valuable International Artwork: 702ndLargest Gambling Industry: 818thMost Rebellious Youth: 872ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,352ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,427thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,557thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,775thLargest Populations: 1,961stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,052ndSmartest Citizens: 2,120thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,728thLargest Retail Industry: 5,570thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,802ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,495thMost Inclusive: 9,692ndLargest Governments: 10,322ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,022ndMost Armed: 11,850thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,343rdNicest Citizens: 12,419thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 14,551stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,435thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,632ndHighest Drug Use: 26,440th
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bears Armed lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority").
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, there's a mortuary next to every Urrsish restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, Bears believe manners maketh the leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.
  • : Following new legislation in Bears Armed, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests.

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