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The United Federation of Hermes Express 123

“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” King Hermes

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Gypsy Lands

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Hermes Express 123

Population2.486 billion

CapitalNew Brisbane
LeaderKing Hermes
Faithpastafarianism

CurrencyUnited credit
AnimalYsalamir

The United Federation of Hermes Express 123 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Hermes with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.486 billion 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Brisbane. The average income tax rate is 95.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Hermes Expressian economy, worth 486 trillion United credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 195,832 United credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Hermes Express 123's radio stations, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services, and police pull people off the street for even mentioning the word plane. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hermes Express 123's national animal is the Ysalamir, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is pastafarianism.

Hermes Express 123 is ranked 101,256th in the world and 24th in Gypsy Lands for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 120.13 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,191stTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 3,240thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,294thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,312thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,701stLargest Governments: 4,173rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,303rdMost Developed: 4,332ndMost Inclusive: 4,566thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,715thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,753rdMost Cultured: 4,758thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,984thMost Efficient Economies: 5,079thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,316thSmartest Citizens: 5,388thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,665thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,187thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,345thNicest Citizens: 6,696thHighest Average Incomes: 6,710thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,004thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,204thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,888thBest Weather: 8,273rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,745thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,049thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,077thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,369thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,500thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11,861stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,765thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,783rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,108thMost Influential: 21,100th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, police pull people off the street for even mentioning the word plane.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Hermes Express 123's radio stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Hermes Express 123 voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Land of Kings and Emperors".
  • : Hermes Express 123 voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ending School Segregation".
  • : Hermes Express 123 voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Sovereign Justice Accord".
  • : Hermes Express 123 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Hermes Express 123, the optimally efficient parking strategy for business commuters is referred to as the "traveling salesman problem".

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