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Largest Welfare Programs: 21stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 37thMost Advanced Public Transport: 44th
The Kingd' of t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die wel doet en hoeft niet omzien
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Population34.241 billion

LeaderKing Joseph III
Faiththe Nether-High Dutch Uniting Church

AnimalJozevian elephant

The Kingd' of t' Herrebrugh Isl' of Herrebrugh is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by King Joseph III with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 34.241 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 7,699 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 301,152nd in the world and 167th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Primitive, scoring -395.68 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Welfare Programs: 21stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 37thMost Advanced Public Transport: 44thSafest: 176thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 346thHighest Average Tax Rates: 504thLeast Corrupt Governments: 525thMost Subsidized Industry: 587thMost Pacifist: 673rdLargest Governments: 728thMost Valuable International Artwork: 757thMost Advanced Public Education: 779thLowest Crime Rates: 795thMost Rebellious Youth: 832ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 846thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,008thMost Cultured: 1,146thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,274thHighest Economic Output: 1,320thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,362ndNicest Citizens: 1,398thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,566thMost Developed: 1,617thSmartest Citizens: 1,749thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,906thHighest Food Quality: 2,066thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,092ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,291stLargest Populations: 2,380thMost Influential: 2,387thMost Inclusive: 2,780thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 3,416thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,109thHealthiest Citizens: 4,209thHighest Average Incomes: 6,158thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,424thMost Secular: 12,564thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,660thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,838thMost Politically Free: 28,612thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30,881st
Safest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 9th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the region

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