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The Awful Sense of Direction of Hertfordshire and Jammbo

“Did the picture go black and white as he went past?” Clarkov Furutani Jammbenovych Clarkson

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the West Pacific


Hertfordshire and Jammbo

Population3.556 billion

CapitalThe Middle of Scenic Nowhere
LeaderClarkov Furutani Jammbenovych Clarkson
FaithLost Gensokyo Church of the Countryside

CurrencyDelta Pound

The Awful Sense of Direction of Hertfordshire and Jammbo is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Clarkov Furutani Jammbenovych Clarkson with an even hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, public floggings, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed population of 3.556 billion Hertfordians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Middle of Scenic Nowhere. The average income tax rate is 69.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Jammbian economy, worth 468 trillion Delta Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 131,614 Delta Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers, public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women, defense lawyers often argue there's no proof murder victims weren't vampires, and blue sky thinkers are reminded that the firmament is actually more of a grey-ish colour. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hertfordshire and Jammbo's national animal is the Stag, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lost Gensokyo Church of the Countryside.

Hertfordshire and Jammbo is ranked 154,413th in the world and 1,228th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 117 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 840thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,843rdTop
Most Armed: 3,954thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,890thMost Cultured: 6,324thMost Influential: 7,161stMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,032ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,306thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,515thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,368thTop
Safest: 12,758thMost Efficient Economies: 13,091stMost Developed: 13,203rdLongest Average Lifespans: 14,206thHealthiest Citizens: 14,780thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,369thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,859thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,166thLowest Crime Rates: 18,611thHighest Average Incomes: 19,124thLargest Governments: 20,231stMost Beautiful Environments: 20,398thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,581stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,764thMost Secular: 21,276thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,669thSmartest Citizens: 22,135th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 27th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 52nd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 70th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 118th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 119th in the regionMost Cultured: 125th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 159th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 178th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 193rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 216th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 238th in the regionMost Influential: 255th in the regionMost Developed: 280th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 295th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 321st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 325th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 334th in the regionSafest: 339th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 345th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 353rd in the regionLargest Governments: 377th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 377th in the regionRudest Citizens: 411th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 419th in the regionMost Stationary: 425th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 427th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 459th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 473rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 474th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 477th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 497th in the regionMost Secular: 506th in the regionLargest Populations: 577th in the region

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