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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 783rdMost Influential: 1,412thSafest: 3,632nd
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Loose Lips Sinks Ships
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Herbert Island

Population7.35 billion

LeaderHerbert Winstanley


The Republic of Herbert Island is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Herbert Winstanley with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.35 billion Herbert Islandians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moribund. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Herbert Islandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,096 trillion Gummibearshums a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 149,132 Gummibearshums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Viewers get headaches from trying to read the screen full of small print warnings that precede most TV shows, the nation's museums are real penny-pinchers, doctors prescribe videos of political debates to patients with insomnia, and social media sites prompt users to send birthday greetings to unresponsive nonagenarians. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herbert Island's national animal is the Aardvark, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Herbert Island is ranked 241,150th in the world and 9,738th in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -14 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 783rdMost Influential: 1,412thTop
Safest: 3,632ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,037thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,112thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,297thBest Weather: 4,737thMost Pacifist: 4,854thMost Developed: 5,186thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,068thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,142ndMost Beautiful Environments: 6,154thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,194thSmartest Citizens: 6,431stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,926thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,282ndHighest Food Quality: 7,309thLowest Crime Rates: 7,336thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,878thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,098thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,181stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,590thNicest Citizens: 8,739thMost Inclusive: 9,105thLargest Governments: 9,125thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,252ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,582ndMost Cultured: 9,648thMost Secular: 10,184thMost Efficient Economies: 10,585thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,810thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,340thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,062ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,473rdMost Stationary: 18,135thHighest Economic Output: 19,169thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,328thMost Income Equality: 24,046th
Safest: 113th in the regionMost Influential: 117th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 124th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 126th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 139th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 140th in the regionBest Weather: 151st in the regionMost Developed: 160th in the regionMost Pacifist: 170th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 185th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 186th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 187th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 191st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 192nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 200th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 203rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 208th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 219th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 232nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 235th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 242nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 247th in the regionLargest Governments: 255th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 260th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 274th in the regionMost Cultured: 279th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 284th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 288th in the regionNicest Citizens: 294th in the regionMost Inclusive: 315th in the regionMost Secular: 320th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 335th in the regionMost Stationary: 337th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 370th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 438th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 466th in the regionLargest Populations: 489th in the region

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