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Safest: 931stLowest Crime Rates: 1,443rdMost Developed: 1,478th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Striving for Progress, One Day at a Time
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Herlobia

Population5.152 billion

CapitalWesund
LeaderJohn Tangye

CurrencyNew Herlobian pound
AnimalHerlobian cuckoo

The Republic of Herlobia is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by John Tangye with an even hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 5.152 billion Herlobians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wesund. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Herlobian economy, worth 840 trillion New Herlobian pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 163,087 New Herlobian pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Both criminals and civilians are DOA, the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets, gay couples have to travel to Brancaland to find a church that will actually let them wed, and all weapon research has been banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herlobia's national animal is the Herlobian cuckoo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Herlobia is ranked 6,452nd in the world and 121st in Europe for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100.2 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Safest: 931stLowest Crime Rates: 1,443rdMost Developed: 1,478thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,610thHealthiest Citizens: 1,648thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,769thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,898thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,039thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,131stMost Pacifist: 2,245thBest Weather: 2,428thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,573rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,606thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,686thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,055thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,258thNicest Citizens: 3,386thLargest Governments: 3,442ndSmartest Citizens: 3,740thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,034thHighest Food Quality: 4,091stLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,368thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,688thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,756thMost Inclusive: 5,487thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,947thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,026thMost Cultured: 6,271stMost Efficient Economies: 6,452ndMost Subsidized Industry: 6,847thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,122ndMost Secular: 9,554thMost Influential: 9,930thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,397thHighest Average Incomes: 12,386thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 16,535thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,056thHighest Economic Output: 26,273rd
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 29th in the regionMost Developed: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 36th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 39th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 40th in the regionBest Weather: 44th in the regionMost Pacifist: 46th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 49th in the regionLargest Governments: 56th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 59th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 61st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 63rd in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 69th in the regionNicest Citizens: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 72nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 81st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 82nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 86th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 94th in the regionMost Inclusive: 109th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 121st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 123rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 123rd in the regionMost Cultured: 125th in the region

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