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Most Patriotic: 499thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,380thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,499th
The Armed Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hail to Heronia!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Heronias

Population2.305 billion

CapitalOwls Perch
LeaderSupreme Leader Hero Hunter

CurrencyTenc
AnimalOwl

The Armed Republic of Heronias is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme Leader Hero Hunter with an iron fist, and renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, anti-smoking policies, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.305 billion Heronians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while International Aid and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Owls Perch. The average income tax rate is 77.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Heronian economy, worth 494 trillion Tencs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 214,403 Tencs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters, thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life, and the government burgles the houses of holidaying citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Heronias's national animal is the Owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Heronias is ranked 242,430th in the world and 250th in The Western Isles for Fattest Citizens, with 7.58 Obesity Rate.

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Most Patriotic: 499thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,380thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,499thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,935thMost Armed: 2,190thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,231stTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,890thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,460thMost Authoritarian: 4,794thLargest Mining Sector: 4,970thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,025thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,098thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,244thMost Conservative: 5,951stHighest Average Incomes: 6,212thLargest Black Market: 7,010thLowest Crime Rates: 8,737thLargest Governments: 11,000thLargest Retail Industry: 11,137thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,601stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,746thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,142ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,345thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 14,910thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,631stMost Developed: 18,886thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24,501stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25,484th
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Most Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Heronias was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, the government burgles the houses of holidaying citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, political activists are routinely executed.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, the police double as repo men.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Heronias was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Heronias, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional.

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