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The Herdonian Empire of Herdon

“Believe, Obey, Fight!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Official European Union



Population881 million


CurrencyHerdonian Note
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Herdonian Empire of Herdon is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 881 million Herdonians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seattle. The average income tax rate is 49.9%.

The strong Herdonian economy, worth 53.0 trillion Herdonian Notes a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Basket Weaving, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 60,165 Herdonian Notes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country, businesses have become paranoid as waves of lawsuits sweep the nation, billion-Herdonian Note sentient AI killbots roll through the streets dispensing hot dogs and T-shirts, and drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Herdon's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Herdon is ranked 23,829th in the world and 9th in Official European Union for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,129.66 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 8,862ndTop
Most Pacifist: 10,717thNicest Citizens: 17,553rdSafest: 18,085thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,157thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,406thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,066th

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