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The Meritocracy of Hesrova

“Sequitur cognitionem”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Hesrova

Population713 million

CapitalHesrova City

CurrencySermine
AnimalFinch

The Meritocracy of Hesrova is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, anti-smoking policies, and digital currency. The compassionate population of 713 million Hesrovans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hesrova City. The average income tax rate is 71.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Hesrovan economy, worth 60.9 trillion Sermines a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 85,458 Sermines, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government, the disabled are forced to undergo an MRI scan every time they pick up their benefit payments, and new arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark. 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 17,134th in the world and 849th in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 1,675 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Secular: 3,057thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,126thMost Pacifist: 5,137thSafest: 6,148thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 9,807thHealthiest Citizens: 9,815thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,335thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,502ndNicest Citizens: 11,038thLowest Crime Rates: 11,673rdBest Weather: 11,813thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,802ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,992ndMost Income Equality: 13,162ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,351stMost Advanced Public Education: 14,133rdLongest Average Lifespans: 14,591st
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Most Secular: 123rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 191st in the regionSafest: 206th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 290th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 290th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 292nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 319th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 369th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 371st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 382nd in the regionBest Weather: 387th in the regionNicest Citizens: 389th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 408th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 418th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 466th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 486th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 488th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 488th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 492nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 522nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 526th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 571st in the region

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