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Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 41stMost Advanced Public Transport: 61st
The Kingd' o' t' Herrebrugh Isl' of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die wel doet en hoeft niet omzien
Civil Rights
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Population29.626 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, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Jozef III of the Herrebrugh Islands with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 29.626 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 6,638 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 1,179th in the world and 2nd in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Highest Economic Output, with 6,638 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Welfare Programs: 19thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 41stMost Advanced Public Transport: 61stSafest: 136thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 271stMost Subsidized Industry: 321stMost Pacifist: 384thHighest Average Tax Rates: 390thLeast Corrupt Governments: 424thLargest Governments: 546thLowest Crime Rates: 677thMost Rebellious Youth: 689thMost Advanced Public Education: 746thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 768thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 783rdMost Cultured: 941stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,026thNicest Citizens: 1,072ndHighest Economic Output: 1,179thMost Developed: 1,189thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,203rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,228thMost Stationary: 1,228thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,393rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,438thSmartest Citizens: 1,448thMost Efficient Economies: 1,725thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,912thMost Influential: 2,027thMost Inclusive: 2,275thTop
Largest Populations: 2,535thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,411thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,455thHealthiest Citizens: 3,619thHighest Average Incomes: 4,747thMost Secular: 10,819thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,204thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,737thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,255thMost Politically Free: 17,725thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,080th
Safest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the region

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