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The Serene Democracy of Bear Connors Paradiso

“What is love? Baby dont hurt me, dont hurt me, no more.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific

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Bear Connors Paradiso

Population19.148 billion

CapitalMark Barry Michael
LeaderDr Eamer
Faithagnostic

Currencyeuro
Animalswan

The Serene Democracy of Bear Connors Paradiso is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dr Eamer with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, daily referendums, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 19.148 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 government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mark Barry Michael. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient a Bear economy, worth a remarkable 5,026 trillion euros 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 Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. 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 an amazing 262,498 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs, Dr Eamer will only ring up foreign leaders if they agree to reverse the charges, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace', and relationships often break down when doctors tell couples they are genetically incompatible. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Bear Connors Paradiso's national animal is the swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is agnostic.

Bear Connors Paradiso is ranked 35,817th in the world and 1,379th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 72.19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 6thHighest Crime Rates: 55thMost Armed: 83rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 110thMost Rebellious Youth: 130thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 134thMost Beautiful Environments: 204thMost Secular: 208thRudest Citizens: 229thSmartest Citizens: 321stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 491stBest Weather: 596thMost Influential: 856thHighest Disposable Incomes: 906thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 934thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,158thMost Stationary: 1,200thLargest Black Market: 1,459thHighest Economic Output: 1,495thMost Efficient Economies: 1,503rdTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,953rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,501stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,576thMost Cultured: 5,006thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,050thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,371stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,428thHealthiest Citizens: 5,563rdLargest Populations: 5,789thTop
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Most Inclusive: 9,052ndMost Advanced Public Education: 10,628thMost Developed: 11,785thNudest: 12,771stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,042nd
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 18th in the regionBest Weather: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 24th in the regionMost Stationary: 28th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 37th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 41st in the regionLargest Populations: 54th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Influential: 63rd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 72nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 74th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 107th in the regionMost Cultured: 137th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 153rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 165th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 186th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 298th in the regionNudest: 306th in the regionMost Inclusive: 333rd in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 360th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 414th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 627th in the region

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