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Hermes Express 123

Population4.275 billion

CapitalNew Brisbane
LeaderLord-King Hermes
FaithPastafarianism

CurrencyUnited credit
AnimalYsalamir

The United Federation of Hermes Express 123 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lord-King Hermes with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, parental licensing program, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 4.275 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 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Hermes Expressian economy, worth 898 trillion United credits a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 210,157 United credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Liberal Progressive and Progressive Liberal parties swear that they have totally different ideologies, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament, and construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway. 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 161,664th in the world and 26th in Gypsy Lands for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -3.46 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,404thMost Patriotic: 1,787thHealthiest Citizens: 1,822ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,936thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,948thTop
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Highest Food Quality: 2,603rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,737thMost Cultured: 2,759thLargest Governments: 2,774thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,775thMost Developed: 2,818thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,143rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,157thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,280thSmartest Citizens: 3,471stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,473rdMost Inclusive: 3,824thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,946thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,956thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,085thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,092ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,385thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,323rdBest Weather: 5,346thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,873rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,930thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,022ndNicest Citizens: 6,177thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,937thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,197thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,638thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,672ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,143rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 12,133rdMost Influential: 13,649thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,409thMost Secular: 18,113thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,194thHighest Economic Output: 21,495th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Hermes Express 123 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, the Liberal Progressive and Progressive Liberal parties swear that they have totally different ideologies.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, politicians have to be granted day-release from prison to speak on bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, a handful of megacorporations own every "craft brewery" in the nation.
  • : Hermes Express 123 voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Volcanic Activity Convention".
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, an increasingly villainous series of sports coaches are demanding the national mascot's true identity.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, a byzantine web of conspiracies and secret alliances must be navigated any time legislation is voted upon.

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