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Most Inclusive: 1,373rd Largest Welfare Programs: 1,399th Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,548th
The Matriarchy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Strength Through Compliance
Regional Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Matriarchy of Herstori is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, frequent executions, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical population of 1.371 billion Herstorians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Social Policy. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Herstorian economy, worth 168 trillion feelzzes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 123,086 feelzzes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government refuses to transmit electricity to secessionist regions, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, and voters must frequently select what they view as the lesser of two evils on the ballot. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herstori's national animal is the whale, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Herstori is ranked 176,849th in the world and 324th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -380.39 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Inclusive: 1,373rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,399thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,548thMost Pacifist: 2,603rdNicest Citizens: 3,044thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,260thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,289thMost Developed: 3,635thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,833rdMost Secular: 3,920thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,053rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,623rdBest Weather: 5,180thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,227thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,369thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,578thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,629thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,235thLargest Governments: 6,270thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,361stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,569thHealthiest Citizens: 7,652ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,205thLowest Crime Rates: 8,708thSmartest Citizens: 8,716thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,083rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,014thMost Efficient Economies: 11,553rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,766thMost Cultured: 12,703rd
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Most Inclusive: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 26th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 27th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Herstori was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, voters must frequently select what they view as the lesser of two evils on the ballot.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, the government refuses to transmit electricity to secessionist regions.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, Leader's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, it is a crime to offend someone's religious beliefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Herstori, a crusade against barbaric religious practices has begun.
  • : Herstori was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.

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