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Featured nation February 2019: Seylos

The Kingdom of Seylos


"We're still here."

National Animal: dog

Currency: Seyt

Time flies when you're having fun. A new month, a new FNOTM, handpicked by Kirvina"Seylos is my pick for next month; I'm choosing him because his naval adventures are a sight to behold, his impending tangle with Derthalen is gripping, and his dogged pursuit of adapting a British theme to a fantasy world is, of course, interesting to watch. He's also excellent in conversation, and has a good grip on how his nation works- all around a great person and a good writer who deserves to get the spotlight." The land of King Aidan Redmond is ranked in the worldwide top 10% for: recreational drugs use.

The Kingdom of Seylos is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The democratic population of 1.234 billion Seylosians 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 43.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Seylosian economy, worth 41.0 trillion Seyts a year, is quite specialized and led by the Furniture Restoration industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 33,243 Seyts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Seylos City to enjoy their national art, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, large sections of Seylos have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Seylos's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

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