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The Meritocracy of Hesrova

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Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Location: the South Pacific



Population2.69 billion



The Meritocracy of Hesrova is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.69 billion Hesrovans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haupstad. The average income tax rate is 94.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Hesrovan economy, worth 429 trillion Sermines a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 159,697 Sermines, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter, every week is blindness awareness week, and the government seizes private property for the 'good of the people'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hesrova's national animal is the Finch, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Hesrova is ranked 11,535th in the world and 302nd in the South Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 159,697.43 Standard Monetary Units.

Safest: 1,384thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,843rdTop
Most Pacifist: 2,103rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,236thMost Influential: 2,292ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,678thHealthiest Citizens: 2,703rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,017thMost Developed: 3,118thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,354thLowest Crime Rates: 3,452ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,537thBest Weather: 3,588thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,611thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,940thSmartest Citizens: 4,208thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,308thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,612thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,678thNicest Citizens: 4,908thMost Secular: 5,154thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,174thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,358thMost Cultured: 5,362ndMost Inclusive: 5,515thLargest Governments: 5,680thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,562ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,695thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,026thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,042ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11,138thHighest Average Incomes: 11,535thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,099thMost Efficient Economies: 13,510thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,976th
Safest: 44th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionMost Pacifist: 70th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 83rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 89th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 93rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 97th in the regionMost Developed: 101st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 101st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 106th in the regionBest Weather: 116th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 124th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 130th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 132nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 135th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 137th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 141st in the regionLargest Governments: 146th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Cultured: 158th in the regionNicest Citizens: 167th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 191st in the regionMost Inclusive: 193rd in the regionMost Secular: 198th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 201st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 218th in the regionMost Influential: 267th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 284th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 285th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 302nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 341st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 343rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 377th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 513th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 634th in the region

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