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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,444thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,935thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,044th
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
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The Selkie

Population12.566 billion

CapitalElder Castle in Fortham
Leaderthe Elder Council
FaithSelkie-Paganism

CurrencyGil
AnimalHorse

The Free Lands of The Selkie is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Elder Council with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 12.566 billion Selkies love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Welfare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elder Castle in Fortham. The average income tax rate is 96.7%.

The frighteningly efficient a Selkie economy, worth a remarkable 1,658 trillion Gils a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 131,972 Gils, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Kissing cousins produce the heartiest babies, the price of freedom is about half a million Gils, policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns, and skateparks can be found in every city. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Selkie's national animal is the Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Selkie-Paganism.

The Selkie is ranked 9,034th in the world and 2nd in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Lowest Crime Rates, with 95.25 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,444thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,935thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,044thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,144thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,168thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,405thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,610thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,669thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,217thMost Cultured: 3,236thBest Weather: 3,655thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,797thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,810thNicest Citizens: 3,895thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,009thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,067thHealthiest Citizens: 4,192ndMost Developed: 4,383rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,600thLargest Governments: 4,899thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,253rdMost Pacifist: 6,086thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,490thSmartest Citizens: 7,521stSafest: 8,686thLowest Crime Rates: 9,034thHighest Economic Output: 9,309thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,977thMost Inclusive: 10,009thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,662ndHighest Average Incomes: 18,153rdMost Devout: 18,601stLargest Populations: 18,981st

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