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Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 39thMost Advanced Public Transport: 56th
The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die wel doet en hoeft niet omzien
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Herrebrugh

Population31.996 billion

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

Currencyguilder
AnimalJozevian elephant

The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of Herrebrugh is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by King Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 31.996 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, 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 7,194 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 224,853 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The name of the "Butcher of Bigtopia" adorns shirts across Herrebrugh, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR, and a few people seem to spend their whole time complaining. 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 18,267th in the world and 76th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 39thMost Advanced Public Transport: 56thSafest: 160thMost Valuable International Artwork: 235thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 319thHighest Average Tax Rates: 423rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 448thMost Subsidized Industry: 466thMost Pacifist: 498thLargest Governments: 595thMost Rebellious Youth: 715thLowest Crime Rates: 738thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 762ndMost Advanced Public Education: 791stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 883rdMost Cultured: 979thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,079thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,240thHighest Economic Output: 1,264thNicest Citizens: 1,300thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,332ndMost Developed: 1,419thSmartest Citizens: 1,560thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,675thHighest Food Quality: 1,803rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,978thMost Efficient Economies: 2,054thMost Influential: 2,161stLargest Populations: 2,457thMost Inclusive: 2,473rdTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 3,380thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,562ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,941stHighest Average Incomes: 5,361stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,550thMost Secular: 11,030thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,952ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,267thMost Politically Free: 23,962ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26,441st
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Safest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Politically Free: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 19th in the region

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