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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,356thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,151st
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
Influence
Powerbroker
Founder
Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
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The Selkie

Population14.034 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 remarkable for its national health service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 14.034 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 1,852 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 239,231st in the world and 10th in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -21.95 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,356thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,151stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,296thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,340thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,656thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,730thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,912thMost Cultured: 3,276thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,398thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,826thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,072ndBest Weather: 4,092ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,294thNicest Citizens: 4,361stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,363rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,410thMost Developed: 4,558thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,096thLargest Governments: 5,137thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,416thMost Pacifist: 6,453rdSmartest Citizens: 7,829thHighest Economic Output: 9,005thSafest: 9,066thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,090thLowest Crime Rates: 9,707thMost Inclusive: 10,882ndMost Subsidized Industry: 11,470thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 16,153rdLargest Populations: 18,309thHighest Average Incomes: 19,126thMost Stationary: 19,357thMost Influential: 20,243rdMost Devout: 21,395th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the region

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