by Max Barry

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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



Population18.061 billion

LeaderAlfie Richardson


The Commonwealth of Bearlong is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Alfie Richardson with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cheerful population of 18.061 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 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Bearian economy, worth a remarkable 2,012 trillion Bearas a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 111,431 Bearas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case, incarcerated crime lords manage their empires from massage tables, the government burgles the houses of holidaying citizens, and sex changes are routinely performed at Bearlong's hospitals. 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 145,592nd in the world and 47th in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -305.36 on the Hayek Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,380thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,394thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,802ndNicest Citizens: 1,943rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,968thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,175thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,194thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,217thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,438thBest Weather: 2,466thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,535thSafest: 2,605thHealthiest Citizens: 2,609thMost Cultured: 2,695thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,713thMost Inclusive: 3,140thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,150thMost Developed: 3,310thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,348thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,867thMost Pacifist: 4,347thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,479thSmartest Citizens: 5,626thHighest Economic Output: 5,955thLargest Populations: 6,493rdLargest Governments: 7,063rdTop
Most Efficient Economies: 11,980thMost Influential: 12,177thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,349thLowest Crime Rates: 13,191stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,547th
Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the region

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