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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:
Rare

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Gypsy Lands

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Hermes Express 123

Population2.005 billion

CapitalNew Brisbane
LeaderKing Hermes
Faithpastafarianism

CurrencyUnited credit
AnimalYsalamir

The United Federation of Hermes Express 123 is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Hermes with an iron fist, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.005 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 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hermes Expressian economy, worth 365 trillion United credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 182,080 United credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries have replaced overdue book fines with mandatory mental health assessments, you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices, the Violet Mile now refers to the long line-ups that former death row inmates wait in as they transfer to maximum security prisons, and Hermes Expressians seem to be catching more chills. 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 157,623rd in the world and 29th in Gypsy Lands for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -4.47 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,903rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,132ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,265thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,710thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,794thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,069thLargest Governments: 5,222ndMost Developed: 5,361stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,620thMost Inclusive: 5,643rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,669thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,706thMost Efficient Economies: 6,068thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,240thMost Cultured: 6,246thSmartest Citizens: 6,952ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,964thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,072ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,131stNicest Citizens: 8,681stMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,924thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,067thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,353rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,675thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,123rdTop
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Best Weather: 10,706thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,884thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,989thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,870thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,841stLargest Welfare Programs: 14,559thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,045thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,830thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,207th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the region

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