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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,935thHealthiest Citizens: 3,959th
The United Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.
King Hermes
Influence
Ambassador
Vice-Delegate
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Hermes Express 123

Population2.15 billion

CapitalNew Brisbane
LeaderKing Hermes
Faithpastafarianism

CurrencyUnited credit
AnimalYsalamir

The United Federation of Hermes Express 123 is a massive, safe nation, ruled by King Hermes with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.15 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, well-organized 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 94.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Hermes Expressian economy, worth 410 trillion United credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 190,799 United credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities, it's best to decline if King Hermes offers to buy a round of drinks, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth, and the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle. 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 91,188th in the world and 20th in Gypsy Lands for Most Average, scoring 38.92 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,935thHealthiest Citizens: 3,959thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,247thLargest Governments: 4,512thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,735thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,765thMost Developed: 5,005thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,035thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,090thMost Inclusive: 5,164thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,359thMost Efficient Economies: 5,377thMost Cultured: 5,815thSmartest Citizens: 6,265thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,272ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,946thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,120thHighest Average Incomes: 7,185thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,312thNicest Citizens: 8,405thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,526thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,192ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,523rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,558thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,033rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,086thTop
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Best Weather: 11,011thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,372ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,045thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,830thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,950thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,394thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,238th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the region

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