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The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour


Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Forest


Mount Seymour

Population11.152 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 notable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.152 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 654 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 58,707 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, and nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds. 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 234,506th in the world and 422nd in Forest for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -10.51 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,075thMost Pacifist: 1,195thSafest: 1,396thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,884thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,930thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,958thBest Weather: 2,129thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,134thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,143rdNicest Citizens: 2,166thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,518thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,649thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,134thLargest Governments: 3,212thHealthiest Citizens: 3,714thLowest Crime Rates: 4,073rdMost Cultured: 4,745thSmartest Citizens: 4,868thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,071stMost Influential: 5,172ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,682ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,864thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,634thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,898thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,943rdMost Income Equality: 11,429thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 15,493rdMost Secular: 16,939thMost Stationary: 19,091stLargest Publishing Industry: 23,903rd
Least Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionSafest: 31st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 34th in the regionMost Pacifist: 34th in the regionMost Income Equality: 34th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 38th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 43rd in the regionLargest Governments: 46th in the region

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