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The Commonwealth of Hergrade

“Gouda Hell!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Location: The Sands

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

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The Commonwealth of Hergrade is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Editor-In-Chief with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 12.92 billion Hergradites enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Healthcare, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hergrade Correctional Facility. The average income tax rate is 9.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Hergradean economy, worth a remarkable 4,621 trillion Glass Tales a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 357,667 Glass Tales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

Invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie, laws are littered with references to cheese, glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town, and conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies. Crime is totally unknown. Hergrade's national animal is the Tale, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Hergrade is ranked 14,684th in the world and 3rd in The Sands for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,902.55 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 217thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 233rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 351stHighest Disposable Incomes: 513thLargest Information Technology Sector: 561stRudest Citizens: 784thSmartest Citizens: 940thHighest Average Incomes: 1,114thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,445thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,951stMost Developed: 1,980thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,089thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,114thLargest Retail Industry: 2,199thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,271stMost Cultured: 2,362ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,680thLargest Governments: 2,923rdMost Secular: 2,926thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,434thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,593rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,618thMost Efficient Economies: 3,700thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,749thSafest: 3,752ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,756thHealthiest Citizens: 3,790thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,064thMost Inclusive: 4,463rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,528thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,636thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,729thLowest Crime Rates: 8,439thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,156thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,262ndTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,014thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,293rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,883rdLargest Publishing Industry: 14,179thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,684thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,700thLargest Populations: 18,490th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the region

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