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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,887th Largest Retail Industry: 2,757th Rudest Citizens: 3,645th
The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
53
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Herby

Population10.548 billion

CapitalAutobahn
LeaderCEO Matthias Müller

Currencygas pedal
Animalflat tire

The Nomadic Volkswagen Beetles of Herby is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by CEO Matthias Müller with an even hand, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, unlimited-speed roads, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 10.548 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 Defense 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 11.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Herbyian economy, worth a remarkable 1,277 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 43,319th in the world and 5th in New International States for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,351.48 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,887thLargest Retail Industry: 2,757thRudest Citizens: 3,645thMost Avoided: 3,669thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,460thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,033rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,462ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 9,336thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,313thHighest Economic Output: 11,072ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,699thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,874thLargest Mining Sector: 13,165thMost Inclusive: 15,803rd
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the region

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