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The Second Foundation of Seldon and the Psychohistorians

“Psychohistory - Predicting Humanity's Future”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific


Seldon and the Psychohistorians

Population4.572 billion

LeaderHari Seldon

AnimalDodo Bird

The Second Foundation of Seldon and the Psychohistorians is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Hari Seldon with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, daily referendums, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cheerful population of 4.572 billion Seldon and the Psychohistoriansians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Law & Order, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trantor. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Seldon and the Psychohistoriansian economy, worth 729 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 159,564 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

Anti-government web sites are springing up, dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission, the dartboard at the Seldon and the Psychohistoriansian Cancer Research Charity bears a picture of Hari Seldon's face, and when shaking hands with foreign leaders Hari Seldon wears an armoured gauntlet. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Seldon and the Psychohistorians's national animal is the Dodo Bird, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Seldon and the Psychohistorians is ranked 185,288th in the world and 8,135th in the South Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 6.04 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Safest: 1,110thMost Pacifist: 1,417thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,828thNicest Citizens: 1,992ndBest Weather: 2,065thMost Influential: 2,088thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,350thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,414thMost Inclusive: 2,626thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,705thLowest Crime Rates: 2,971stMost Developed: 3,151stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,342ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,388thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,568thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,669thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,972ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,069thHealthiest Citizens: 4,076thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,340thSmartest Citizens: 4,458thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,866thLargest Governments: 4,884thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,914thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,958thMost Efficient Economies: 5,084thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,662ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,725thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,021stMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,650thMost Cultured: 8,276thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,516thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,099thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,901stLargest Publishing Industry: 20,394th
Safest: 39th in the regionMost Pacifist: 48th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 63rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 67th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 72nd in the regionBest Weather: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 81st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 83rd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 87th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 91st in the regionMost Inclusive: 96th in the regionMost Developed: 100th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 101st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 102nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 106th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 113th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 115th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 121st in the regionLargest Governments: 124th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 129th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 133rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 140th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 143rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 150th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 169th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 184th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 199th in the regionMost Influential: 240th in the regionMost Cultured: 240th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 298th in the regionMost Average: 330th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 388th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 527th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 555th in the regionLargest Populations: 595th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 599th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 686th in the region

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