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The Commonwealth of Bearlong

“Prosunt omnibus hominibus”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Confederacy of Free Nations



Population19.994 billion

LeaderAlfie Richardson


The Commonwealth of Bearlong is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Alfie Richardson with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 19.994 billion Bearians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stornoway. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Bearian economy, worth a remarkable 2,352 trillion Bearas a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 117,660 Bearas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Ghost regiments exist only on paper, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads, Alfie Richardson's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies, and vaccinations are mandatory. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bearlong's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bearlong is ranked 204,337th in the world and 51st in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -28.74 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Rebellious Youth: 1,384thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,387thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,507thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,627thNicest Citizens: 1,947thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,023rdTop
Best Weather: 2,103rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,169thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,222ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,316thHealthiest Citizens: 2,368thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,423rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,487thMost Cultured: 2,626thSafest: 2,643rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,048thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,070thMost Inclusive: 3,276thMost Developed: 3,412thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,978thMost Pacifist: 4,517thSmartest Citizens: 5,358thHighest Economic Output: 5,985thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,985thLargest Populations: 6,316thLargest Governments: 6,419thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 10,617thMost Influential: 12,511thLowest Crime Rates: 12,651stMost Efficient Economies: 13,542ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,695thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,650thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,417thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,709thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,806thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,163rd
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 2 » Midasia and Fibertas.

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