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The Free Land of The Ursine Northlands

“On Land and Sea, The Bears are Free!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: International Democratic Union

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The Ursine Northlands

Population28.253 billion

CapitalNorthPort
LeaderChairbear of the High Council
FaithOne Plus Seven or Urrsarhtru

Currencygolden thaler
Animalhare

The Free Land of The Ursine Northlands is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Chairbear of the High Council with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 28.253 billion Bears hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Environment, and Administration also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of NorthPort. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Northlander Urrsish economy, worth a remarkable 5,904 trillion golden thalers a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 208,977 golden thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 658,426 per year while the poor average 50,713, a ratio of 13.0 to 1.

All the playground's a stage for Northlander Urrsish schoolchildren, government ministers have eclectic tastes in curtains, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs, and Chairbear of the High Council's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners. Crime is totally unknown. The Ursine Northlands's national animal is the hare, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is One Plus Seven or Urrsarhtru.

The Ursine Northlands is ranked 48,873rd in the world and 13th in International Democratic Union for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,232.84 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Cultured: 178thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,103rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,184thHighest Food Quality: 1,185thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,230thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,480thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,613thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,723rdMost Devout: 1,812thHighest Economic Output: 1,974thRudest Citizens: 2,222ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,253rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,300thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,365thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,723rdTop
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Highest Drug Use: 3,069thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,188thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,430thLargest Populations: 3,927thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,551stFattest Citizens: 4,846thMost Primitive: 4,988thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,243rdMost Efficient Economies: 6,070thHighest Average Incomes: 6,718thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,011thSmartest Citizens: 9,416thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,527thLargest Retail Industry: 9,899thMost Armed: 11,371stNudest: 12,118thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,190thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,625thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,890thMost Patriotic: 21,091stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,107thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,852ndLargest Governments: 28,285thMost Inclusive: 28,386th
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Highest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the regionMost Politically Free: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and the Top 10% for Most Inclusive.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, Chairbear of the High Council's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, government ministers have eclectic tastes in curtains.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, all the playground's a stage for Northlander Urrsish schoolchildren.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, ceremonial zweihänders are used in holy rituals.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, chickens roam the streets freely.
  • : The Ursine Northlands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ursine Northlands, children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.

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