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The Republic of Werebears

“Carpe Jugulum”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population37.289 billion

CapitalWerebears City


The Republic of Werebears is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, digital currency, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 37.289 billion Werebearsians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Werebears City. The average income tax rate is 75.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Werebearsian economy, worth a remarkable 5,263 trillion groats a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 141,155 groats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Nuclear physics is the most popular course at university, the police double as repo men, pilots always remember to send their doctors a Maxxmas card, and Werebears's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Werebears's national animal is the Salmon, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Werebears is ranked 226,106th in the world and 6,364th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -36.33 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Populations: 438thMost Pacifist: 494thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 519thSafest: 553rdHealthiest Citizens: 922ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 982ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,012thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,193rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,389thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,393rdHighest Economic Output: 1,708thNicest Citizens: 1,845thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,913thLowest Crime Rates: 2,147thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,374thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,229thMost Efficient Economies: 3,751stMost Developed: 4,970thBest Weather: 5,245thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,284thSmartest Citizens: 5,489thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,990thMost Secular: 8,455thMost Stationary: 9,011thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,385thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,479thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,595thLargest Governments: 12,874thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,351stMost Cultured: 14,469thHighest Average Incomes: 15,718thMost Inclusive: 16,265thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,946thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,884thMost Influential: 19,365thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,256thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,885thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,500th
Largest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionSafest: 20th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 32nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 34th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 35th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 40th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 45th in the regionNicest Citizens: 50th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 54th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 83rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 86th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 108th in the regionMost Developed: 112th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 112th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 123rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 132nd in the regionBest Weather: 138th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 151st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 161st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 237th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 252nd in the regionMost Secular: 257th in the regionMost Inclusive: 297th in the regionMost Cultured: 298th in the regionLargest Governments: 307th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 318th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 322nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 327th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 383rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 450th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 522nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 546th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 548th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 560th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Werebears was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, Werebears's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, pilots always remember to send their doctors a Maxxmas card.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, the police double as repo men.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, the only women behind bars are barmaids.
  • : Werebears was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Werebears was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Werebears, Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested.


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