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The Community of Bears in Brannack

“And is there Honey, still, for tea?”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: Democratia


Bears in Brannack

Population10.327 billion

CapitalHarr Brannack'drin-eh
LeaderHarrahn Rosewoods

Currencyjar of honey

The Community of Bears in Brannack is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Harrahn Rosewoods with a fair hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 10.327 billion Bears are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Harr Brannack'drin-eh. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.4%.

The thriving Ursine economy, worth 792 trillion jars of honey a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 76,785 jars of honey, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 491,235 per year while the poor average 4,911, a ratio of 100.0 to 1.

Military recruitment numbers are down as citizens object on 'moral grounds', insurance companies charge extortionate premiums to cover homes near waterways, Ursionity has been named as Bears in Brannack's national religion, and astronomers are flocking to Bears in Brannack to take advantage of its clear night skies. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Bears in Brannack's national animal is the four-horn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ursionity.

Bears in Brannack is ranked 32,565th in the world and 1st in Democratia for Most Armed, with 1.33 Weapons Per Person.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,660thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,645thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,136thMost Pro-Market: 6,488thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,498thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,503rdFattest Citizens: 8,684thTop
Rudest Citizens: 9,589thMost Stationary: 10,081stLargest Insurance Industry: 11,278thHighest Crime Rates: 11,350thMost Politically Free: 12,324thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12,693rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,881st

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