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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
Political Freedom

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Population25.781 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, genial nation, ruled by King Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 25.781 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 5,761 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 151,933rd in the world and 299th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 30.03 Workforce Participation Rate.

Largest Welfare Programs: 18thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 38thMost Advanced Public Transport: 63rdSafest: 116thMost Efficient Economies: 139thMost Subsidized Industry: 201stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 216thMost Pacifist: 300thHighest Average Tax Rates: 340thLeast Corrupt Governments: 401stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 418thLargest Governments: 448thLowest Crime Rates: 580thMost Advanced Public Education: 644thMost Rebellious Youth: 692ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 700thMost Compassionate Citizens: 778thMost Cultured: 836thNicest Citizens: 845thHighest Economic Output: 1,098thMost Developed: 1,117thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,193rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,203rdSmartest Citizens: 1,253rdMost Stationary: 1,400thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,476thTop
Most Influential: 1,536thMost Inclusive: 1,764thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,814thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,413thLargest Populations: 2,723rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,962ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,140thHighest Average Incomes: 4,062ndMost Politically Free: 7,259thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,527thTop
Most Secular: 8,227thNudest: 12,857thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,238thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,183rd
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionNicest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Politically Free: 21st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Inclusive: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the region

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