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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 536thMost Influential: 1,114thSafest: 3,878th
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Herbert Island

Population4.743 billion

LeaderHerbert Winstanley


The Republic of Herbert Island is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Herbert Winstanley with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.743 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 87.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Herbert Islandian economy, worth 695 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 146,669 Gummibearshums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery, government-run screening operations remove embryos with severe genetic disorders, and heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-Gummibearshum treacle machine. 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 239,331st in the world and 7,802nd in the South Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -474.37 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 536thMost Influential: 1,114thTop
Safest: 3,878thHealthiest Citizens: 4,085thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,278thBest Weather: 4,822ndMost Pacifist: 5,094thMost Developed: 5,280thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,848thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,896thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,907thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,178thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,235thSmartest Citizens: 6,498thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,774thLowest Crime Rates: 7,603rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,726thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,756thNicest Citizens: 8,709thMost Inclusive: 8,823rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,048thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,081stLargest Governments: 9,589thMost Secular: 9,966thMost Cultured: 9,983rdMost Efficient Economies: 10,211thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,710thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,711thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,208thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,435thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 13,841stHighest Average Incomes: 14,974thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,569thMost Income Equality: 21,794thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,646thMost Stationary: 23,834th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 92nd in the regionMost Influential: 110th in the regionSafest: 133rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 139th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 144th in the regionBest Weather: 166th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 170th in the regionMost Developed: 178th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 184th in the regionMost Pacifist: 186th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 198th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 205th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 210th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 213th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 216th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 242nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 248th in the regionLargest Governments: 260th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 281st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 283rd in the regionMost Cultured: 290th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 298th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 300th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 309th in the regionMost Inclusive: 310th in the regionNicest Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Secular: 326th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 383rd in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 426th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 441st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 447th in the regionMost Stationary: 488th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 505th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 579th in the regionLargest Populations: 685th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 700th in the region

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