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The People's Republic of Socialist Beartopia

“Unity through power”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Leftist Assembly


Socialist Beartopia

Population1.479 billion


CurrencySocial Credit

The People's Republic of Socialist Beartopia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Bearington with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, soft-spoken computers, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.479 billion Beartopians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ursaria. The average income tax rate is 89.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Socialist Beartopian economy, worth 146 trillion Social Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is 98,815 Social Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreigners are treated with great suspicion, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages, and Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Beartopia's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Socialist Beartopia is ranked 15,839th in the world and 105th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 86.49 on the Human Development Index.

Most Secular: 2,037thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,195thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,548thMost Influential: 5,711thLowest Crime Rates: 8,936thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,205thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,245thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,617thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,845thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,823rdTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,397thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,848thMost Authoritarian: 12,974thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,057thHealthiest Citizens: 14,674thLargest Governments: 15,073rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,420thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,485thMost Developed: 15,839thMost Income Equality: 16,895thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,687thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,701stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,112thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,804thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,765thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,806th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 26th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionMost Conservative: 28th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31st in the region

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