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The Republic of Herbert Island

“Loose Lips Sinks Ships”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific


Herbert Island

Population3.038 billion

LeaderHerbert Winstanley


The Republic of Herbert Island is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Herbert Winstanley with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.038 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 medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Administration, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moribund. The average income tax rate is 73.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Herbert Islandian economy, worth 427 trillion Gummibearshums a year, is fairly diversified and 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 140,822 Gummibearshums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Truck drivers turn their engines off and coast whenever they're going downhill, newspapers are running a front-page picture of Herbert Winstanley holding a crowbar and standing over a bloodied stockbroker, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub, and Herbert Winstanley spends weekends doing the laundry of foreign leaders. 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 25,122nd in the world and 1,051st in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,096.5 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,643rdMost Influential: 1,870thTop
Most Secular: 3,643rdSafest: 6,107thMost Developed: 7,093rdMost Pacifist: 7,444thHealthiest Citizens: 7,659thBest Weather: 8,201stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,535thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,638thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,681stMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,708thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,892ndSmartest Citizens: 8,902ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,216thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 10,478thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,566thLowest Crime Rates: 11,672ndLargest Publishing Industry: 11,774thMost Efficient Economies: 12,375thMost Cultured: 12,496thLargest Retail Industry: 13,368thMost Inclusive: 13,751stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,800thLargest Governments: 14,547thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,048thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,365thHighest Average Incomes: 15,682ndNicest Citizens: 17,225th
Most Secular: 142nd in the regionMost Influential: 204th in the regionSafest: 206th in the regionMost Developed: 218th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 237th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 250th in the regionBest Weather: 253rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 258th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 261st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 266th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 269th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 271st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 271st in the regionMost Pacifist: 278th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 286th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 313th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 322nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 327th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 343rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 347th in the regionMost Cultured: 356th in the regionLargest Governments: 392nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 399th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 426th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 441st in the regionMost Inclusive: 465th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 523rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 590th in the regionMost Stationary: 615th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 639th in the regionNicest Citizens: 655th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 717th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 768th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 790th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 796th in the regionLargest Populations: 801st in the region

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