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Most Primitive: 1,532ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,573rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,181st
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Population994 million


The Big Bad Bear-Boi of Ursidae is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its smutty television, complete lack of prisons, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, devout population of 994 million Ursidaeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Defense, although Environment, Education, and Welfare are also considered important, while International Aid is ignored. The average income tax rate is 73.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Ursidaean economy, worth 46.0 trillion Salmon a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, Pizza Delivery, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 46,258 Salmon, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, unemployed mercenaries drift the country looking for new careers, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads, and there's a mortuary next to every Ursidaean restaurant. Crime is totally unknown. Ursidae's national animal is the Human, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ursidae is ranked 3,573rd in the world and 15th in The Black Hawks for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 41.48 Bank.

Most Primitive: 1,532ndTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,573rdTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 11,181stLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,201stMost Cultured: 15,111thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,869thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,074thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,641st
Most Primitive: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 24th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 25th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25th in the regionMost Income Equality: 25th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 28th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 36th in the region

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