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The Republic of Herbert Island

“Loose Lips Sinks Ships”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Location: the South Pacific


Herbert Island

Population1.137 billion

LeaderHerbert Winstanley


The Republic of Herbert Island is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Herbert Winstanley with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.137 billion Herbert Islandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Administration, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moribund. The average income tax rate is 67.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Herbert Islandian economy, worth 155 trillion Gummibearshums a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,421 Gummibearshums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

There's a lot of mouth-breathers about these days, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles, bars are packed at all hours, and Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case. 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 9,239th in the world and 302nd in the South Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 87.17 Years.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,486thTop
Most Influential: 2,163rdMost Secular: 2,906thSafest: 6,976thMost Developed: 7,454thTop
Most Pacifist: 8,202ndLongest Average Lifespans: 9,239thHealthiest Citizens: 9,347thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,353rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,686thLargest Retail Industry: 9,741stBest Weather: 9,793rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,277thSmartest Citizens: 10,553rdMost Beautiful Environments: 10,577thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,146thMost Efficient Economies: 12,329thLowest Crime Rates: 13,520thMost Inclusive: 13,638thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,699thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,767thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,866thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,871stMost Cultured: 15,040th
Most Secular: 114th in the regionMost Influential: 215th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 225th in the regionMost Developed: 238th in the regionSafest: 238th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 272nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 277th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 288th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 291st in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 302nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 311th in the regionMost Pacifist: 313th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 317th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 319th in the regionBest Weather: 323rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 331st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 332nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 334th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 373rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 381st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 398th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 410th in the regionMost Cultured: 440th in the regionLargest Governments: 444th in the regionMost Inclusive: 482nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 502nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 541st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 550th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 560th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Herbert Island endorsed The Sound Waves of UnShleepd.
  • : Herbert Island was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Herbert Island, Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case.
  • : Following new legislation in Herbert Island, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Herbert Island, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Herbert Island, there's a lot of mouth-breathers about these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Herbert Island, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Herbert Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed and the Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • : Herbert Island voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Reducing Food Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Herbert Island, the new "Bloodbath" orange tree autonomously seeks and destroys independent orchards.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 108 » Erinor, Volaworand, Barabarom, Saciu, Beepee, Hanguk-Nippon, Lambdaland, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Anachronolandia, USNE2018, Aumeltopia, Tsunamy, Concrete Slab, Luddinlande, Whimichy, The Solar System Scope, East Sakhlin, Aidenfieeld, South Caleblan, Commonwealth Of Astoria, Abarri, Tsvetania, Si-topia, Myr Nyr, Drystar, Jaxon, Floofoland, Quiescent, Auphelia, Sedunn, Sthalrim, Aywhyou, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Jehenna, Xandev, Farengeto, The Filippinas, Birdkeeper, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Pamela And Hepatitis, Kiasu-ism, Bear Connors Paradiso, Ufask, RestartAll, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Caasd, SHAYTAN UKHIROSS, Seliyan progressive Islands, Uncastania, and 58 others.Japanese Federal Republic, The United Expanse, Curlyhoward, Soem, Nankyoku Tairiku, Ariankido, Silberne Wache, A leftover country, Asdfghuiop, A Frog Dimension, Akindom, Aneas, Land Without Shrimp, Wehraboos, North Prarie, Jahass, Academy of Umbrellas, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Ostanasia, Towi Lamia, Wyatonians, Viertes deutsches Koalitionsreich, Cantoron, Dasko, Stoniamera, Drugged Monkeys, Pays de Loire, Nowa Europa, Agalaesia, Churumduul, Fen, New Juan Carlos Land, Mew Nation, Amerion, Wild Space, Kringalia, Qawe, North Erfton, Great Africans, Negoshi, Lakalvesoman, Phanama, P R of China, United Federated States of Omega, Higash, Rabbitz, The Sk8ing Unicorn, Freedoom, BootJack, Aurcania, Kuddles, Ketathinamiri Islands, UnShleepd, Solega, Nejopia, New Briantown, Spearos, and Upper Tyrconnel.