by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,096thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,285thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,452nd
The Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia
Libertas - Unitas - Faustitas
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population17.483 billion

LeaderKing William I De Gallaecus-Echamon


The Kingdom of Herconia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by King William I De Gallaecus-Echamon with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 17.483 billion Herconians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Xenopolis. The average income tax rate is 86.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Herconian economy, worth 994 trillion Sovereigns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 56,879 Sovereigns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has declared its commitment to multilateralism, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, and planes can be grounded for months simply because an inspector "didn't like the color". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herconia's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Herconia is ranked 71,760th in the world and 8th in The Heartland for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 79.24 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 2,096thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 5,285thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,452ndMost Beautiful Environments: 6,809thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,141stBest Weather: 7,277thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,828thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,523rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,551stMost Cultured: 13,124thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,079thLargest Populations: 15,111thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,495thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,035thSafest: 17,569thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,617thSmartest Citizens: 19,204thHighest Food Quality: 19,881stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,327thHighest Economic Output: 21,389th

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