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The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 376

“Circumspice”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Forest

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Mount Seymour

Population13.93 billion

CapitalFort-Frédéric-sur-le-Montagne
LeaderPrime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner
FaithSeymourian humanistic naturalism

Currencypound
Animalpurple-spotted newt

The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 13.93 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 872 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 62,636 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously", the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", angry citizens complain that there isn't enough geographical diversity on the new banknotes, and the banshee wail foretells skies of death. 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 23,085th in the world and 118th in Forest for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,250.25 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,291stMost Pacifist: 1,453rdSafest: 1,710thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,112thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,126thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,228thBest Weather: 2,447thNicest Citizens: 2,561stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,565thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,923rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,268thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,334thHighest Food Quality: 3,346thLargest Governments: 3,591stMost Influential: 3,956thHealthiest Citizens: 4,173rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,635thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,824thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,895thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,948thMost Cultured: 4,959thSmartest Citizens: 5,328thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,956thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,525thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,963rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,235thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 13,944thMost Stationary: 15,120thMost Income Equality: 16,188thMost Secular: 16,661stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,518thLargest Populations: 22,800thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,085thHighest Economic Output: 26,037th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionMost Pacifist: 32nd in the regionSafest: 32nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 34th in the region

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