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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,208thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,101stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,268th
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
Influence
Powerbroker
Founder
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Selkie

Population16.895 billion

CapitalElder Castle in Fortham
Leaderthe Elder Council
FaithSelkie-Paganism

CurrencyGil
AnimalHorse

The Free Lands of The Selkie is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Elder Council with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 16.895 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, although Environment, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important. 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 2,229 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 5,047th in the world and 5th in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Healthiest Citizens, with 19.72 bananas ingested per day.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,208thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,101stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,268thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,431stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,541stTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,825thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,969thMost Cultured: 3,458thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,691stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,772ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,408thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,421stBest Weather: 4,506thNicest Citizens: 4,761stMost Developed: 4,979thHealthiest Citizens: 5,047thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,128thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,172ndHighest Food Quality: 5,414thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,528thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,549thLargest Governments: 5,738thMost Pacifist: 6,616thSmartest Citizens: 8,190thHighest Economic Output: 8,379thSafest: 8,858thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,896thLowest Crime Rates: 10,355thMost Inclusive: 11,372ndMost Subsidized Industry: 12,453rdTop
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Most Stationary: 15,134thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,427thLargest Populations: 16,699thMost Influential: 16,897thHighest Average Incomes: 20,922ndMost Devout: 23,643rd
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the region

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