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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,490thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,890thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,061st
The Free Lands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The trick the father has, the son has.
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The Selkie

Population12.061 billion

CapitalElder Castle in Fortham
Leaderthe Elder Council
FaithSelkie-Paganism

CurrencyGil
AnimalHorse

The Free Lands of The Selkie is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by the Elder Council with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 12.061 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 1,591 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 131,943 Gils, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military training in The Selkie emphasizes the tactical advantages of stabbing backs, kissing cousins produce the heartiest babies, the price of freedom is about half a million Gils, and policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns. 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 41,679th in the world and 1st in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,490thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,890thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,061stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,127thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,176thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,329thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,627thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,663rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,148thMost Cultured: 3,203rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,568thBest Weather: 3,606thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,724thNicest Citizens: 3,869thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,877thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,012thHealthiest Citizens: 4,073rdMost Developed: 4,276thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,490thLargest Governments: 4,795thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,055thMost Pacifist: 5,953rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,246thSmartest Citizens: 7,413thSafest: 8,324thLowest Crime Rates: 9,094thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 9,544thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,566thMost Inclusive: 9,805thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,700thMost Devout: 16,911thHighest Average Incomes: 18,170th

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