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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,860th Largest Retail Industry: 2,750th Rudest Citizens: 3,634th
The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
53
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Herby

Population9.836 billion

CapitalAutobahn
LeaderCEO Matthias Müller

Currencygas pedal
Animalflat tire

The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of Herby is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by CEO Matthias Müller with an even hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 9.836 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 are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Autobahn. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 11.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Herbyian economy, worth a remarkable 1,191 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 121,088 gas pedals, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 374,459 per year while the poor average 30,188, 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 35,351st in the world and 4th in Rat Nations Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 64.07 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,860thLargest Retail Industry: 2,750thRudest Citizens: 3,634thMost Avoided: 3,676thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,510thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,075thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,602ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 9,202ndLargest Gambling Industry: 10,081stHighest Economic Output: 11,285thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,805thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,484thLargest Mining Sector: 12,895th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Herby's influence in Rat Nations Assembly rose from "Zero" to "Sprat".
  • : Herby lodged a message on the Rat Nations Assembly Regional Message Board.
  • : Herby relocated from Realm of Unrestricted Science to Rat Nations Assembly.
  • : Herby's influence in Realm of Unrestricted Science rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Herby, everyone hates people who encourage hate.
  • : Following new legislation in Herby, pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall.
  • : Following new legislation in Herby, people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety.
  • : Following new legislation in Herby, census workers are having a hard time figuring out who is actually living in Herby after the ban on emigration was lifted.
  • : Following new legislation in Herby, legislators work 24/7 due to an influx of single-issue bills.
  • : Herby's influence in Realm of Unrestricted Science rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".

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