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Mount Seymour

Population11.003 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner
FaithSeymourian Humanistic Naturalism

Animalpurple-spotted newt

The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.003 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 645 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 46,370th in the world and 64th in Forest for Most Extreme, scoring 28.23 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,078thMost Pacifist: 1,168thSafest: 1,397thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,896thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,912thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,933rdBest Weather: 2,088thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,110thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,137thNicest Citizens: 2,164thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,464thMost Inclusive: 2,496thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,127thLargest Governments: 3,178thHealthiest Citizens: 3,729thLowest Crime Rates: 4,053rdMost Cultured: 4,738thSmartest Citizens: 4,852ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,070thMost Influential: 5,139thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,617thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,920thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,634thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,968thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,048thMost Income Equality: 11,594thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 15,564thMost Secular: 17,118thMost Stationary: 19,482ndLargest Publishing Industry: 24,054th
Least Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionMost Income Equality: 29th in the regionMost Pacifist: 29th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 31st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 31st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 36th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 39th in the regionLargest Governments: 42nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 45th in the region

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