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The Four Islands of Bear Islands

“Peace by calmness” Jon-Patrick Barclay

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Osiris

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Bear Islands

Population1.675 billion

CapitalBeaufort
LeaderJon-Patrick Barclay

Currencybear coin
Animalbear

The Four Islands of Bear Islands is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Jon-Patrick Barclay with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.675 billion Bear Islanders hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Beaufort. The average income tax rate is 81.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bear Islandsian economy, worth 176 trillion bear coins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 105,600 bear coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Skateparks can be found in every city, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money, advert breaks are played at lower volumes to make them easier to ignore, and large-girthed charity workers assign themselves healthy wages for their work with starving children. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bear Islands's national animal is the bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bear Islands is ranked 239,367th in the world and 7,765th in Osiris for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -11.75 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 837thTop
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Safest: 3,534thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,433rdMost Pacifist: 5,227thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,781stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,888thMost Inclusive: 6,221stNicest Citizens: 6,461stLargest Welfare Programs: 8,739thHealthiest Citizens: 9,050thBest Weather: 9,324thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,593rdMost Rebellious Youth: 9,839thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,074thMost Developed: 10,586thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,976thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,529thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,875thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,027thMost Cultured: 12,065thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,299thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,533rdSmartest Citizens: 14,348thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,614thLowest Crime Rates: 15,805thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,898thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,129thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,483rdLargest Governments: 18,668thMost Politically Free: 20,508thMost Efficient Economies: 23,305thMost Influential: 23,449th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 35th in the regionTop
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Safest: 191st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 219th in the regionMost Pacifist: 259th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 272nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 285th in the regionNicest Citizens: 312th in the regionMost Politically Free: 329th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 348th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 369th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 403rd in the regionBest Weather: 465th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 475th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 492nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 521st in the regionMost Developed: 523rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 577th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 595th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 597th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 599th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 612th in the regionMost Cultured: 660th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 746th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 750th in the region

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