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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 527thMost Influential: 923rdSafest: 3,800th
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Herbert Island

Population4.876 billion

LeaderHerbert Winstanley


The Republic of Herbert Island is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Herbert Winstanley with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, digital currency, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.876 billion Herbert Islandians 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moribund. The average income tax rate is 88.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Herbert Islandian economy, worth 713 trillion Gummibearshums a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 146,382 Gummibearshums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web, farting etiquette is taught in schools, the nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms, and the nation is wading into dangerous waters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herbert Island's national animal is the Aardvark, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Herbert Island is ranked 217,978th in the world and 7,292nd in the South Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.35 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 527thMost Influential: 923rdTop
Safest: 3,800thHealthiest Citizens: 4,094thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,274thBest Weather: 4,720thMost Pacifist: 5,065thMost Developed: 5,276thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,747thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,864thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,877thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,112thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,192ndSmartest Citizens: 6,504thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,749thLowest Crime Rates: 7,380thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,650thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,676thNicest Citizens: 8,662ndMost Inclusive: 8,827thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,889thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,129thLargest Governments: 9,527thMost Cultured: 9,933rdMost Secular: 9,960thMost Efficient Economies: 10,242ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,561stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,733rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,011thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,397thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 12,972ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,023rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,967thMost Income Equality: 21,608thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,630thMost Stationary: 23,217th
Most Influential: 83rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 96th in the regionSafest: 133rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 139th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 142nd in the regionBest Weather: 167th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 171st in the regionMost Developed: 175th in the regionMost Pacifist: 184th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 184th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 193rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 198th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 204th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 211th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 214th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 214th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 248th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 258th in the regionLargest Governments: 260th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 272nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 276th in the regionMost Cultured: 289th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 301st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 304th in the regionMost Inclusive: 316th in the regionNicest Citizens: 316th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 317th in the regionMost Secular: 336th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 404th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 405th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 442nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 457th in the regionMost Stationary: 480th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 507th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 575th in the regionLargest Populations: 678th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 689th in the region

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