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Largest Welfare Programs: 18thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 39thMost Advanced Public Transport: 61st
The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
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Population29.731 billion

LeaderKing Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands
Faiththe Nether-High Dutch Uniting Church

AnimalJozevian elephant

The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of Herrebrugh is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 29.731 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 6,661 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 224,062 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, new pests have been imported into Herrebrugh, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, and friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns. 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 Nether-High Dutch Uniting Church.

Herrebrugh is ranked 180,210th in the world and 36th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.9 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Largest Welfare Programs: 18thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 39thMost Advanced Public Transport: 61stSafest: 133rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 267thMost Subsidized Industry: 329thMost Pacifist: 385thHighest Average Tax Rates: 392ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 419thLargest Governments: 553rdLowest Crime Rates: 680thMost Rebellious Youth: 686thMost Advanced Public Education: 745thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 770thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 772ndMost Cultured: 946thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,036thNicest Citizens: 1,085thHighest Economic Output: 1,183rdMost Developed: 1,188thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,210thMost Stationary: 1,227thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,251stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,420thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,437thSmartest Citizens: 1,453rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,731stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,892ndMost Influential: 2,054thMost Inclusive: 2,296thTop
Largest Populations: 2,534thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,421stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,461stHealthiest Citizens: 3,615thHighest Average Incomes: 4,789thMost Secular: 10,776thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,927thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,636thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,304thMost Politically Free: 17,406thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,081st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the region

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