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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

Population6.241 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner
FaithSeymourian Humanistic Naturalism

AnimalPurple-Spotted Newt

The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, lack of airports, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.241 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 156 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 25,019 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, a surprising number of police officers have been arrested for Purple-Spotted Newt sacrifices, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets, and attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high. 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 169,108th in the world and 364th in Forest for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.02 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Pacifist: 1,134thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,153rdSafest: 1,278thBest Weather: 1,646thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,652ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,683rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 1,788thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,797thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,810thMost Inclusive: 2,102ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,113thMost Income Equality: 2,227thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,492ndLargest Governments: 2,897thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,269thHealthiest Citizens: 3,313thLowest Crime Rates: 3,539thMost Influential: 4,020thSmartest Citizens: 4,651stMost Rebellious Youth: 5,190thMost Cultured: 5,514thTop
Nudest: 11,177thMost Secular: 13,922nd
Most Income Equality: 8th in the regionTop
Safest: 19th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 29th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 32nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 32nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Inclusive: 36th in the regionNicest Citizens: 36th in the region

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