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Socialist Heronia

Population9.429 billion

LeaderPremier Ilitra Jasfenix

Animalsteel-grey heron

The Non-Existent Nation of Socialist Heronia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Premier Ilitra Jasfenix with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.429 billion commie herons hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terenci. The average income tax rate is 83.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Socialist Heronian economy, worth a remarkable 1,082 trillion blocs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 114,803 blocs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Unemployed accountants keep double-entry ledgers of their benefit claims, the treehouse in Steel-grey Heron Park is the tallest building in Socialist Heronia, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, and trade ministers have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with. Crime is totally unknown. Socialist Heronia's national animal is the steel-grey heron, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Socialist Heronia is ranked 8,052nd in the world and 181st in The Communist Bloc for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 12,024.86 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,323rdMost Influential: 1,853rdTop
Most Secular: 4,994thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,284thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,087thMost Inclusive: 7,455thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,052ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,124thNicest Citizens: 8,340thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,406thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,582ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,752ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,109thHighest Food Quality: 9,349thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,378thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,786thMost Cultured: 9,826thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,197thMost Developed: 10,276thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,279thSmartest Citizens: 11,408thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,391stMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,982ndTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,357thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,288thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,443rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,316thMost Efficient Economies: 16,349thBest Weather: 17,154thLargest Governments: 17,168thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,586thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,087thHighest Economic Output: 19,396thHighest Drug Use: 22,934thSafest: 25,986th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 49th in the regionMost Influential: 56th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 83rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 83rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 100th in the regionLargest Populations: 109th in the regionRudest Citizens: 113th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 127th in the regionMost Stationary: 129th in the regionMost Cultured: 143rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 146th in the regionMost Secular: 160th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 161st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 178th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 178th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 181st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 181st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 182nd in the region

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