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Largest Welfare Programs: 18th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 38th Most Advanced Public Transport: 63rd
The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die wel doet en hoeft niet omzien
Civil Rights
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Population25.286 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 remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 25.286 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 5,651 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 136th in the world and 1st in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 18thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 38thMost Advanced Public Transport: 63rdSafest: 113thMost Efficient Economies: 136thMost Subsidized Industry: 194thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 213thMost Pacifist: 295thHighest Average Tax Rates: 340thLeast Corrupt Governments: 396thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 413thLargest Governments: 449thLowest Crime Rates: 584thMost Advanced Public Education: 647thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 707thMost Rebellious Youth: 711thMost Compassionate Citizens: 768thNicest Citizens: 845thMost Cultured: 852ndHighest Economic Output: 1,100thMost Developed: 1,119thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,197thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,206thSmartest Citizens: 1,234thMost Stationary: 1,437thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,472ndMost Influential: 1,474thMost Inclusive: 1,739thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,852ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,362ndLargest Populations: 2,792ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,946thHealthiest Citizens: 3,145thHighest Average Incomes: 4,051stMost Politically Free: 6,332ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,858thMost Secular: 8,716thTop
Nudest: 12,760thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,750thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,299th
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 12th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 19th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Politically Free: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the region

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