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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,306thLargest Retail Industry: 3,475thMost Avoided: 4,192nd
The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Herby

Population13.49 billion

CapitalAutobahn
LeaderCEO Matthias Müller

Currencygas pedal
Animalflat tire

The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of Herby is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by CEO Matthias Müller with an even hand, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, pith helmet sales, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 13.49 billion Herbys have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Industry, with Law & Order, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Environment and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Autobahn. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 11.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Herbyian economy, worth a remarkable 1,646 trillion gas pedals a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 122,033 gas pedals, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 377,382 per year while the poor average 30,424, a ratio of 12.4 to 1.

Census workers are having a hard time figuring out who is actually living in Herby after the ban on emigration was lifted, people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety, pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall, and everyone hates people who encourage hate. Crime is well under control. Herby's national animal is the flat tire, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Herby is ranked 174,512th in the world and 18th in 10000 Zombies for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 458.5 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,306thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3,475thMost Avoided: 4,192ndRudest Citizens: 4,537thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,158thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,280thHighest Economic Output: 10,396thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,409thTop
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Largest Black Market: 12,330thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,933rdMost Inclusive: 18,047thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18,982ndLargest Mining Sector: 19,265thLargest Populations: 19,448thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,028thMost Efficient Economies: 20,128thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,262ndMost Secular: 21,438thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,863rdHighest Average Incomes: 22,580thMost Developed: 23,273rd
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Average: 2nd in the region

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