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Neo-Hermitius

Population775 million

CapitalHermitia

CurrencyHerm
AnimalHermit Crab

The Union of Neo-Hermitius is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 775 million Neo-Hermitians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hermitia. The average income tax rate is 45.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Neo-Hermitian economy, worth 89.8 trillion Herms a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 115,820 Herms, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile, the government runs a surplus by selling its citizens, and children grow up believing the sun to be a myth. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Neo-Hermitius's national animal is the Hermit Crab, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Neo-Hermitius is ranked 62,887th in the world and 3rd in The Universal Union for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 13,120.7 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 22,901stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22,974thMost Compassionate Citizens: 23,862ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25,179thLargest Mining Sector: 25,585thHighest Disposable Incomes: 26,915thLongest Average Lifespans: 27,035thMost Inclusive: 27,107thLargest Information Technology Sector: 27,724th

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