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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,309thLargest Retail Industry: 3,471stMost Avoided: 4,186th
The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Herby

Population13.503 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 notable for its unlimited-speed roads, daily referendums, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 13.503 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, although Law & Order, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and Spirituality receive no funds. 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 1,647 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 204,522nd in the world and 15th in 10000 Zombies for Least Corrupt Governments, with 90.88 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,309thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3,471stMost Avoided: 4,186thRudest Citizens: 4,522ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,144thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,310thHighest Economic Output: 10,393rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,594thTop
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Largest Black Market: 12,319thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,936thMost Inclusive: 18,046thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18,998thLargest Mining Sector: 19,225thLargest Populations: 19,405thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,043rdMost Efficient Economies: 20,116thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,317thMost Secular: 21,400thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,898thHighest Average Incomes: 22,699thMost Developed: 23,260th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Average: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the region

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