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Largest Welfare Programs: 19th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 37th Most Advanced Public Transport: 60th
The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die wel doet en hoeft niet omzien
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population26.341 billion

LeaderKing Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands
Faiththe Netherdutch Batavian Reformed Church

AnimalJozevian elephant

The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of Herrebrugh is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 26.341 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 5,887 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 223,496 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community, the government is hoping that medical aid will speak louder than human rights abuses, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. 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 Netherdutch Batavian Reformed Church.

Herrebrugh is ranked 13,190th in the world and 57th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 326.32 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 37thMost Advanced Public Transport: 60thSafest: 120thMost Efficient Economies: 134thMost Subsidized Industry: 204thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 210thMost Pacifist: 309thHighest Average Tax Rates: 349thLeast Corrupt Governments: 399thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 425thLargest Governments: 469thLowest Crime Rates: 595thMost Advanced Public Education: 640thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 703rdMost Rebellious Youth: 711thMost Compassionate Citizens: 809thMost Cultured: 849thNicest Citizens: 879thHighest Economic Output: 1,108thMost Developed: 1,148thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,184thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,237thSmartest Citizens: 1,301stMost Stationary: 1,373rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,494thMost Influential: 1,523rdTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,798thMost Inclusive: 1,809thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,427thLargest Populations: 2,688thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,915thHealthiest Citizens: 3,205thHighest Average Incomes: 4,138thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,897thMost Politically Free: 7,957thMost Secular: 8,336thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,190thNudest: 13,349thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,940th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 15th in the regionMost Politically Free: 16th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionMost Inclusive: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 24th in the region

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