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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,533rd Most Advanced Public Education: 1,823rd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,071st
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
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Powerbroker
Founder
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Selkie

Population9.973 billion

CapitalElder Castle in Fortham
Leaderthe Elder Council

CurrencyGil
AnimalHorse

The Free Lands of The Selkie is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by the Elder Council with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.973 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 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient a Selkie economy, worth a remarkable 1,284 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 128,749 Gils, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, abortion is only legal in unusual circumstances, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks, and A Selkie housewives become unusually flustered when thinking about the Elder Council. 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.

The Selkie is ranked 10,342nd in the world and 1st in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Highest Economic Output, with 1,284 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,533rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,823rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,071stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,141stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,146thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,212thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,667thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,737thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,158thMost Cultured: 3,325thNicest Citizens: 3,381stBest Weather: 3,542ndMost Beautiful Environments: 3,719thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,810thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,863rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,959thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,996thHealthiest Citizens: 4,052ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,600thLargest Governments: 4,846thMost Pacifist: 5,155thMost Developed: 5,442ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,780thSmartest Citizens: 7,341stSafest: 7,641stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,235thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,840thMost Inclusive: 9,466thHighest Economic Output: 10,342ndMost Income Equality: 13,991stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,624th

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