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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,217thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,124thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,268th
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Selkie

Population16.948 billion

CapitalElder Castle in Fortham
Leaderthe Elder Council


The Free Lands of The Selkie is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Elder Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 16.948 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 2,236 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 48,363rd in the world and 12th in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 5,117.06 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,217thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,124thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,268thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,416thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,535thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,838thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,987thMost Cultured: 3,477thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,674thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,778thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,398thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,431stBest Weather: 4,482ndNicest Citizens: 4,781stMost Developed: 5,016thHealthiest Citizens: 5,068thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,133rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,172ndHighest Food Quality: 5,433rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,545thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,559thLargest Governments: 5,769thMost Pacifist: 6,622ndSmartest Citizens: 8,308thHighest Economic Output: 8,373rdSafest: 8,856thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,940thLowest Crime Rates: 10,409thMost Inclusive: 11,394thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,554thTop
Most Stationary: 15,097thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,540thLargest Populations: 16,709thMost Influential: 16,801stHighest Average Incomes: 21,030thMost Devout: 23,765th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the region

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