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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,386thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,908thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,982nd
The United Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
Lord-King Hermes
Influence
Contender
Vice-Delegate & Third Marshal Of The Riddermark
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Hermes Express 123

Population6.87 billion

CapitalNew Brisbane
LeaderLord-King Hermes
FaithPastafarianism

CurrencyUnited credit
AnimalYsalamir

The United Federation of Hermes Express 123 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lord-King Hermes with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, free-roaming dinosaurs, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 6.87 billion Hermes Expressians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Brisbane. The average income tax rate is 97.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Hermes Expressian economy, worth a remarkable 1,511 trillion United credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 220,072 United credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, there's a hole in the heart of every Hermes Expressian city, major cities are suffering under water rationing, and meteorologists warn of fog just past 4pm daily. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hermes Express 123's national animal is the Ysalamir, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pastafarianism.

Hermes Express 123 is ranked 70,535th in the world and 15th in Gypsy Lands for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,477.55 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,386thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,908thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,982ndHealthiest Citizens: 2,090thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,183rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,254thMost Cultured: 2,599thHighest Food Quality: 2,696thLargest Governments: 2,723rdMost Developed: 2,814thTop
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Most Patriotic: 2,938thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,958thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,180thSmartest Citizens: 3,381stMost Efficient Economies: 3,430thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,507thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,621stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,998thMost Inclusive: 4,008thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,014thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,284thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,543rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4,612thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,043rdBest Weather: 5,695thHighest Average Incomes: 5,780thNicest Citizens: 6,065thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,630thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,667thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,736thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,958thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,053rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,000thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,581stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,595thMost Influential: 11,901stHighest Economic Output: 13,723rdTop
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Most Secular: 18,526thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25,605th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Patriotic: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the region

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