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The Holy Red Panda of BearStackof2015

“Ice Bear believed in you” Ice Bear

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The East Pacific



Population1.127 billion

LeaderIce Bear


The Holy Red Panda of BearStackof2015 is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Ice Bear with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 1.127 billion BearStacks are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bearstonia. The average income tax rate is 90.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient BearStackian economy, worth 148 trillion Roombas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 131,363 Roombas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint, and libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars. Crime is totally unknown. BearStackof2015's national animal is the BearStack, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

BearStackof2015 is ranked 6,946th in the world and 197th in The East Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 89.92 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 200thMost Influential: 709thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,564thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,769thNicest Citizens: 3,078thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,130thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,633rdBest Weather: 3,728thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,794thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,086thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,905thMost Inclusive: 5,134thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,177thMost Pacifist: 5,467thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,357thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,372ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,486thMost Developed: 6,946thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,050thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,096thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,466thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,548thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,015thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,087thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,498thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,590thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,862ndMost Politically Free: 9,064thSafest: 9,316thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,455thLargest Governments: 10,463rdSmartest Citizens: 10,617thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,733rdMost Efficient Economies: 11,202ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,421stMost Cultured: 11,621stNudest: 12,050thMost Income Equality: 12,433rdLowest Crime Rates: 14,284thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,325th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 24th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 35th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 57th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 68th in the regionNicest Citizens: 84th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 85th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 94th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 103rd in the regionBest Weather: 108th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 117th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 128th in the regionMost Politically Free: 137th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 142nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 143rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 156th in the regionMost Pacifist: 159th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 166th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 168th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 174th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 178th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 187th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 196th in the regionMost Developed: 197th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 210th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 211th in the regionNudest: 212th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 229th in the regionLargest Governments: 247th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 258th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 263rd in the regionSafest: 270th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 280th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 281st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 298th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 299th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 309th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 369th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 387th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 415th in the regionMost Secular: 491st in the regionMost Income Equality: 513th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : BearStackof2015 was endorsed by The Armed Republic of Mossy-Oak.
  • : Following new legislation in BearStackof2015, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in BearStackof2015, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : BearStackof2015 lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in BearStackof2015, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools.
  • : BearStackof2015 voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The New Inquisition".
  • : BearStackof2015 lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in BearStackof2015, tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash.
  • : Following new legislation in BearStackof2015, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.
  • : Following new legislation in BearStackof2015, politicians and casino owners who so much as wander into the same room are arrested on the spot.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 330 » Wiranath, Merlovich, East Malaysia, Chols Worithopia, Axdel, Lanagon, Ruso-Germania, VW53Aland, Federated States of Zootron, Pakitsk, Roissyland, Layngderfleethe, Osterreich und Ungarn, The Holy Utopian Republic, Fedele, Elejamie, Kaigi, The Angel of Charity, Kilkire, H-Zhena, Shavara, Devlon, Arberinopolis, Rhealaliit, Bachtendekuppen, Arkantis, Nova-Columbia, Shinnokawa, Taya Dust, Neruch, Gorbastan, Socialist Holy American Empire, Talitoa, Kangarawa, Squid Ruinosa, Solis Ortis, Solestia, Wizardonia, Bai Lung, Janoobi Jazair, The Almighty Country, Abadong, Servants of Gizmo, United China Nation, Amjedia, Goodnamesarerare, Hokolokia, Adavan, Blazing Samaritan, Harro Waarudho, and 280 others.Bortalandet, Puckconnolly, Ver Norge, CopyCato, Free The Lagich, Aeljae, The Sacred Whale, The Humble Abyss, Aelitia, Akorial, Drunken Seal Islands, Ravendi, Just Vale 2, Republic of Berzerkistan, Slys Paws, Endertopias, Thyaclinia, Nazagully, Todd McCloud, Danesopia, The Empire of Rijelv, New Leganes, Democrosis reborn, Agonya, Marrico, Am Echad, Solarfall, Verketa, The New Wisconsin Empire, Headpat Central, Norport, Riveraland, Propwash, Dragonia, Someseni, Areast, Klaassopli, CheeseBurrito, Sericena, Archooli, Chechkoslovakia, Sansangra, Davinhia, Artimisiare, The Holy Empire of Moronica, Dark Edgyness, Eridue, Qui sequuntur somnia, Cameronia Excellentia, Lyontisia, Hizuru, TURKEYISM, The Underwood Industrial Empire, Choushuu, Bakaworld, Broengtopia, Calcestruzzo, Mundiferrum, EnderShnovia, Swiftwhiskers, Avalon Ascendancy, Gluponija, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, Imperial Akatsuki, The Solar Ottomans, Gratefuland, Darkenval, Federal Unity, Enlil, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Davelands, Blobbo, Ridann, Ellsonian Dominion, Impia Aghte, Airrajul, Shantan, The Romanum Legio, Humri, AngusEssa, Kublam, Zang0, Kucia, Kario and Nix, Indovinesia, Kanria, Kagorg Bra Corna, Bullpups, Free Peoples Republic of Sandir, Gemookul, Elkenian, Laikantar, Durfia, La Costa Dorada, Bytes, Galve, The island of Kiria, Mer Dieu, Mariarty, New Bradenia Ghost, Dom Islana, Mobumasu, LewisWorld, Pekweng, Bacon Land, Stellar Colonies, New Gehenna, America Mjolnir, The Buckeye States, Megolavania, Roliganistan, Monezambique, Babcocia, Kalaratri, Lit Medieval Dancing, Magosconity, Extronian States, Orveila, Norjis, Brotherland, Joundia, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Nifalembria Zamingstan, Overlia, Urimel, Valdwall, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Maklensiaticap, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, Ouroboric, Chubaka, Quark Unit, ReeK, Atlia Sonis, Oskoldia, The Redundant Republic of Republics, Ska Hydorordia, Taurora, Seri Tai Republic, Penfifteen, Tshana, Unger under over, Survivoristan, United Artificial Intelligence Armada, ZuKcHIvA, Trimmania, Pightinbotanoffen, The Upper Low, Vultuca, Fraxhemark, Slonful, Sao Camarao, Secos, Analon, Chria Deau, Meadiastes, Karatol-Advenra, Alls Andurg, The Anarchy Republic of Slaanesh, Reftaria, South Kilt Town, Tel Mithru, Tissandra, Justice-Becoming, Memostan, Tuvaltastan, Edmontia, Euricanis, The Death Syndicate, Kingdom of Pars, VoyKovie, Nova Eire, Buck-in-Gham, Pinus Sibirica, Notthis, South Myizh, Guthra, Aleister, ArenaC, Pengnia, Tiransia, Enchiladas, Funkadelia, South East Charmaracapa, Firenation91, Izone, Abtracnt, Smash Mouth Islands, The United Neo American Union, Viperos, Holy Christiana, Slongs, Sreneck, The Cture, Bantan, Skandinavistan, Meridian Unity, Ikshantar, Gajness, Dunflour, Brethren, Kriov, Sothylia, Perpetuam, Trumposia, Deorum Imperii, Plazland, 7-5, Chiyuki, Chenzo, United Provinces of Marciano, Under Sea Desert, The Black Heart, Wendelandia, Encurage, Lazadian, Hornetopia, Staynes, Rhineheart, Sanah, Libertanny, Ayaupia, Escade, RovaMittala, Agropolis, Rakshuland, Uzil, Dreamersistan, A Slanted Black Stripe, British Calradia, Lerasi, Cublite, East Sikayl, Pzebreal, Eagas, Saku Han Union, Frapain, Heptahelios, LEVON HK, Dragons Blood, Northcrest, Stanisiti, Evinonia, Vantruvia, Wersh, Western Pakistan, Pooperopolis, Monteconstance, Malls, Grossvietnam, Hellingrad, Marrabuk, ImperFeudal, Syndicus, Styklelilere, The Green Blade, Earth D, Atlanioso, Johnny Appleseed1, The Theocracy of Cthulhu, Falgabard, Stellaire Imperiale, Liberstankonia, Bugeritersfas, 3 14159265358979323846264, Uspria, States of Carolina, New Gamerstan, Lil dumpster, Principality of Bleu, Tennessian, Free Babi, Anovan, The real underground, Dantioch, Commodore Badger, Bacelna, Demon Ridge, Laquara, and Mossy-Oak.

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