by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 5,381st Most Politically Free: 7,669th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,015th
The Armed Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Solidarity Socialism and the Struggle above all!
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population320 million



The Armed Republic of Heimenberg is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 320 million Heimenbergians 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 medium-sized, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Langenhoven. The average income tax rate is 49.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Heimenbergian economy, worth 25.6 trillion Streis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. Average income is 80,141 Streis, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Moonshine has made a resurgence, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government, and the Heimenberg Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Heimenberg's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Heimenberg is ranked 113,421st in the world and 5,396th in The North Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 1.19 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 5,381stMost Politically Free: 7,669thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,015thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,148thMost Income Equality: 16,158thLargest Retail Industry: 16,541stMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,803rd
Most Politically Free: 109th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 240th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 396th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 650th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 722nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 804th in the regionMost Income Equality: 825th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 826th in the region

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