by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,144thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,499th
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Selkie

Population20.473 billion

CapitalElder Castle in Fortham
Leaderthe Elder Council


The Free Lands of The Selkie is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by the Elder Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, national health service, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 20.473 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 2,701 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 263,211th in the world and 16th in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Most Pro-Market, scoring -75.44 on the Rand Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,144thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,499thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,535thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,693rdTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,160thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,314thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,709thMost Cultured: 4,101stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,121stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,524thBest Weather: 4,754thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,951stNicest Citizens: 5,446thMost Developed: 5,487thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,684thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,705thHealthiest Citizens: 5,754thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,897thHighest Food Quality: 6,196thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,227thLargest Governments: 6,470thMost Pacifist: 6,939thHighest Economic Output: 8,257thSmartest Citizens: 8,797thSafest: 9,950thMost Stationary: 11,911thMost Influential: 12,405thMost Inclusive: 12,493rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,990thLowest Crime Rates: 13,289thTop
Largest Populations: 15,585thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,321stMost Subsidized Industry: 20,732ndHighest Average Incomes: 29,520th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the region

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