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The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour


Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest


Mount Seymour

Population5.868 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner
FaithSeymourian Humanistic Naturalism

AnimalPurple-Spotted Newt

The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.868 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 98.4%.

The large but stagnant Seymourian economy, worth 119 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 20,395 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Factories are regularly demolished to make way for low-cost housing areas, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk, pretending to be prejudiced is a good way to get out of jury duty, and criminal rehabilitation takes place in re-education centers. 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 43,053rd in the world and 185th in Forest for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 3,021.82 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Income Equality: 1,105thMost Pacifist: 1,116thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,126thSafest: 1,307thBest Weather: 1,546thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,597thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,627thTop
Nicest Citizens: 1,738thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,760thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,792ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,115thMost Inclusive: 2,131stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,465thLargest Governments: 2,892ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,090thHealthiest Citizens: 3,319thLowest Crime Rates: 3,554thMost Influential: 3,886thSmartest Citizens: 4,682ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,252ndMost Cultured: 5,575thTop
Nudest: 11,706thMost Secular: 13,680th
Most Income Equality: 7th in the regionSafest: 19th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 23rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 30th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 31st in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 36th in the region

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