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Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 43rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 64th
The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die wel doet en hoeft niet omzien
Civil Rights
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Population28.37 billion

LeaderKing Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands
Faiththe Nether-High Dutch Uniting Church

AnimalJozevian elephant

The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of Herrebrugh is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by King Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 28.37 billion Herrebrughers love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Josephtown. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Herrebrugher economy, worth a remarkable 6,356 trillion guilders a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 224,062 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, new pests have been imported into Herrebrugh, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, and friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herrebrugh's national animal is the Jozevian elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Nether-High Dutch Uniting Church.

Herrebrugh is ranked 166,453rd in the world and 160th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Authoritarian, with 416.41 milliStalins.

Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 43rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 64thSafest: 129thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 258thMost Subsidized Industry: 270thMost Pacifist: 364thHighest Average Tax Rates: 373rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 403rdLargest Governments: 511thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 608thLowest Crime Rates: 638thMost Rebellious Youth: 718thMost Advanced Public Education: 726thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 747thMost Compassionate Citizens: 915thMost Cultured: 924thNicest Citizens: 960thMost Developed: 1,105thHighest Economic Output: 1,160thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,223rdMost Stationary: 1,284thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,296thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,326thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,362ndSmartest Citizens: 1,393rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,671stMost Influential: 1,800thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,882ndMost Inclusive: 2,067thTop
Largest Populations: 2,588thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,043rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,189thHealthiest Citizens: 3,397thHighest Average Incomes: 4,618thMost Secular: 10,270thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,603rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,369thMost Politically Free: 16,851stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,259thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,003rd
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionMost Politically Free: 20th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 21st in the region

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