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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,066thMost Pacifist: 1,115thSafest: 1,327th
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Mount Seymour

Population9.745 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 colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nathaniel Gardiner with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.745 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 281 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 217,308th in the world and 396th in Forest for Rudest Citizens, with 7.72 Insults Per Minute.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,066thMost Pacifist: 1,115thSafest: 1,327thBest Weather: 1,812thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,814thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,851stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,976thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,008thNicest Citizens: 2,026thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,062ndTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,449thMost Inclusive: 2,473rdMost Income Equality: 2,663rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,052ndLargest Governments: 3,139thHealthiest Citizens: 3,485thLowest Crime Rates: 3,959thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,769thSmartest Citizens: 4,862ndMost Influential: 4,934thMost Cultured: 5,134thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,629thTop
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Most Secular: 15,934thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,363rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,541stMost Stationary: 21,506th
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Safest: 25th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 28th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 38th in the regionLargest Governments: 39th in the region

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