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The Elder Bastion of Mediocrity of King HEM

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Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Europeia


The Elder Bastion of Mediocrity of King HEM is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by HEM Tiberius with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, intelligent population of 13.866 billion, 13.05 billion of whom are zombies, King HEMians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Education, with areas such as Religion & Spirituality and Commerce receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Legionaires. The average income tax rate is 96%. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.

Construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, the police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime, insurance companies charge extortionate premiums to cover homes near waterways, and photographers have to apply for a license to photograph HEM Tiberius. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. King HEM's national animal is the fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is Christianity, and its currency is the euro.

King HEM is ranked 590th in Europeia and 99,731st in the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring -6 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

King HEM is currently researching a cure.

People: 816,009,093

Zombies: 13,049,988,227

Dead: 2,795,035,261

Survival Rate: 4.90%

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