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The Nomadic Peoples of Hermes Express 123

“For Olympus”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Alliance Of Freedom

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Hermes Express 123

Population398 million

CapitalMount Olympus

CurrencyDrachmas
AnimalHydra

The Nomadic Peoples of Hermes Express 123 is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its aversion to nipples, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 398 million Hermes Expressians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mount Olympus. The average income tax rate is 57.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Hermes Expressian economy, worth 32.7 trillion Drachmas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 82,050 Drachmas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos, major internet servers have acquired citizenship, soldiers are equipped with multi-million Drachmas battlesuits, and city budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hermes Express 123's national animal is the Hydra, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Hermes Express 123 is ranked 124,138th in the world and 7th in Alliance Of Freedom for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 38.46 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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