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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,281stMost Developed: 1,617thHealthiest Citizens: 1,820th
The Kingdom of Hanover of
Father Knows Best State
Suscipere et Finire
Influence
Contender
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Hermes Express 123

Population10.377 billion

CapitalHanover
LeaderKing George VII
FaithEvangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover

CurrencyThaler
AnimalWhite Stallion

The Kingdom of Hanover of Hermes Express 123 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King George VII with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 10.377 billion Hanoverians 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 Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hanover. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Hanoverian economy, worth a remarkable 2,375 trillion Thalers 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 common. Average income is an amazing 228,950 Thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Ghost regiments exist only on paper, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, and The Pipe Bomb Makers' Pop-Up Book can be found in preschool libraries. 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 White Stallion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover.

Hermes Express 123 is ranked 99,695th in the world and 26th in Gypsy Lands for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 2,564.46 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,281stMost Developed: 1,617thHealthiest Citizens: 1,820thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,862ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,868thLargest Governments: 2,561stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,655thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,796thHighest Food Quality: 2,832ndMost Cultured: 2,842ndTop
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Smartest Citizens: 3,241stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,698thMost Efficient Economies: 3,723rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,732ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,039thMost Inclusive: 4,156thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,178thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,935thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,295thMost Patriotic: 5,408thBest Weather: 5,427thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,652ndNicest Citizens: 5,778thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,878thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,998thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,039thHighest Average Incomes: 6,980thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,078thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,163rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,510thMost Influential: 8,706thHighest Economic Output: 9,964thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,565thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,900thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,340thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,193rdTop
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Most Secular: 18,014thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24,692nd
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the region

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