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The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour


Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Location: Forest


Mount Seymour

Population10.733 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner
FaithSeymourian Humanistic Naturalism

Animalpurple-spotted newt

The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, hatred of cheese, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.733 billion Seymourians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort-Frédéric-sur-le-Montagne. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The large but sluggish Seymourian economy, worth 629 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is 58,632 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many friends and relatives of Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, it's best not to ask what goes into Fort-Frédéric-sur-le-Montagne Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices, a child's only Trickster Night scare is the sight of their parents dancing, and small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mount Seymour's national animal is the purple-spotted newt, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Seymourian Humanistic Naturalism.

Mount Seymour is ranked 15,092nd in the world and 116th in Forest for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 8,665.47 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,086thMost Pacifist: 1,151stSafest: 1,396thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,837thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,848thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,894thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,903rdBest Weather: 1,979thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,035thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,072ndNicest Citizens: 2,103rdTop
Most Inclusive: 2,425thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,090thLargest Governments: 3,180thHealthiest Citizens: 3,668thLowest Crime Rates: 4,024thMost Cultured: 4,629thSmartest Citizens: 4,792ndMost Rebellious Youth: 4,992ndMost Influential: 5,118thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,338thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,788thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,488thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,666thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,002ndMost Income Equality: 11,988thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 15,092ndMost Secular: 16,788thMost Stationary: 19,811thLargest Publishing Industry: 24,097th
Safest: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 28th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionMost Income Equality: 31st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 32nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 32nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 38th in the regionMost Inclusive: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 46th in the regionNicest Citizens: 48th in the region

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