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The Commonwealth of Herfenzir

“Strength Through Compliance”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: 10000 Islands



Population1.984 billion


The Commonwealth of Herfenzir is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, pith helmet sales, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.984 billion Herfenzirians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 27.9%.

The very strong Herfenzirian economy, worth 219 trillion Zerfs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 110,845 Zerfs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers, disadvantaged youths often commit felonies to enhance their educational prospects, Leader claims to be the epitome of family values, and kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Herfenzir's national animal is the Blobfish, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Herfenzir is ranked 41,195th in the world and 437th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 5,582.35 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Influential: 2,346thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,267thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,000thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,228thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,434thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,697thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 18,227thMost Authoritarian: 18,627thLargest Retail Industry: 19,123rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,892ndMost Secular: 20,217thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,424thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,529thLargest Black Market: 24,921st
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 80th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 85th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 94th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 97th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 130th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Herfenzir endorsed The Island Imperium of Markanite.
  • : Herfenzir was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Herfenzir voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Europeia"".
  • : Herfenzir voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Rights for Crime Victims Act".
  • : Herfenzir endorsed The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Herfenzir was endorsed by The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Herfenzir voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Realm of the Whispering Winds".
  • : Herfenzir voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protections During Territorial Transitions".
  • : Herfenzir voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Voice of ARB".
  • : Herfenzir voted against the World Assembly Resolution "The Commission on Sentient and sapient rights".