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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

Population9.803 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 renowned for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.803 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 283 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 28,937 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, and Seymourian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests. 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 226,002nd in the world and 454th in Forest for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -35.68 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,065thMost Pacifist: 1,116thSafest: 1,340thBest Weather: 1,802ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,803rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,873rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,968thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,014thNicest Citizens: 2,015thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,069thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,480thMost Income Equality: 2,616thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,631stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,053rdLargest Governments: 3,155thHealthiest Citizens: 3,497thLowest Crime Rates: 3,976thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,783rdSmartest Citizens: 4,885thMost Influential: 4,935thMost Cultured: 5,141stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,658thTop
Most Secular: 16,040thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,439thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,738thMost Stationary: 21,414th
Most Income Equality: 8th in the regionTop
Safest: 24th in the regionMost Pacifist: 26th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 28th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 36th in the regionLargest Governments: 39th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 39th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 42nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 42nd in the regionMost Extreme: 43rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 45th in the region

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