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The Republic of Herbert Island

“Loose Lips Sinks Ships”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Herbert Island

Population3.522 billion

CapitalMoribund
LeaderHerbert Winstanley

CurrencyGummibearshum
AnimalAardvark

The Republic of Herbert Island is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Herbert Winstanley with a fair hand, and notable for its digital currency, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.522 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 prioritizes Education, with Administration, Industry, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moribund. The average income tax rate is 76.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Herbert Islandian economy, worth 479 trillion Gummibearshums a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,084 Gummibearshums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Everyone hates people who encourage hate, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously", the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice, and the family of Herbert Winstanley bite their thumbs at paparazzi intrusions. 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 38,120th in the world and 1,327th in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 749.13 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,726thMost Influential: 1,975thTop
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Most Secular: 3,758thSafest: 5,980thMost Developed: 7,069thBest Weather: 7,132ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,394thMost Pacifist: 7,511thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,992ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,000thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,044thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,663rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,846thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,915thSmartest Citizens: 8,996thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,389thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,448thLowest Crime Rates: 11,095thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,160thMost Cultured: 12,511thMost Efficient Economies: 12,917thMost Inclusive: 13,613thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,909thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,931stLargest Governments: 14,153rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,346thHighest Average Incomes: 17,218thLargest Retail Industry: 17,312thNicest Citizens: 17,535thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,857th
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Most Secular: 140th in the regionMost Influential: 204th in the regionSafest: 210th in the regionMost Developed: 226th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 229th in the regionBest Weather: 231st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 239th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 254th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 255th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 261st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 270th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 274th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 274th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 278th in the regionMost Pacifist: 281st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 289th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 328th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 332nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 335th in the regionMost Cultured: 359th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 373rd in the regionLargest Governments: 395th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 410th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 479th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 484th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 509th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 571st in the regionMost Stationary: 576th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 592nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 617th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 620th in the regionNicest Citizens: 672nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 734th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 758th in the regionLargest Populations: 761st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 769th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 129 » Erinor, Volaworand, Barabarom, Saciu, Beepee, Hanguk-Nippon, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Pencil Sharpeners 2, USNE2018, Aumeltopia, Tsunamy, Luddinlande, Whimichy, The Solar System Scope, Aidenfieeld, Abarri, Tsvetania, Si-topia, Drystar, Auphelia, Sedunn, Sthalrim, Aywhyou, Jehenna, Xandev, Farengeto, The Filippinas, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Pamela And Hepatitis, Kiasu-ism, Bear Connors Paradiso, RestartAll, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Seliyan progressive Islands, Japanese Federal Republic, The United Expanse, Curlyhoward, Soem, Silberne Wache, A leftover country, Land Without Shrimp, Wehraboos, Dasko, Stoniamera, Drugged Monkeys, Nowa Europa, New Juan Carlos Land, Amerion, Kringalia, Aurcania, and 79 others.New Briantown, Qvait, Imperial Duck, Mapico, Empa Aserium, Omiri, Noveos, The Tecorogan Federation, Astraee, Bleakfoot, Nueva Alta California, Kandorith, Erfton, PenguinPies, Terran Draconia, Bawkie, Techganet, Ebonhand, West Pastafaria, Holy Free, Anserisa, Humedo, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Ralphburg, Sau Man Frescher, Bumblegaria, ChickenDome, Kervanosia, Baltenlands, Dis7Nation, Marinho Islands, Markla, Shefino, Compli, The Worst army of, Peoples Republic of Columbus, Corgitopiaa, Royaltica, Laamiva, Well F, Glen Cooley, Trepsit, Sandaoguo, Myness, Midand, Concrete Slab, Andinla, Catillos, Efferalt, House Ahsanul, Western Fardelshufflestein, Terreno Travato, Philippinia, Tepertopia, Qawe, Phanama, Merevane, Venestralia, Purple Hyacinth, Bartonia Nova, Tsaritsia, Kaoia, Klobitien, Ofaria, Zataras, Alfama, Seythennia, Hyenhnam, Integria, Eskvenn, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Novum Sina, Ferrhibium, Jazzfrezia, Los Rodeos, Storalia, Myosocore, and Esfalsa.

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