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Most Influential: 1,376thMost Efficient Economies: 1,994thMost Developed: 2,053rd
The Most Excellent Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
The Empire rules the waves!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.22 billion

LeaderEmperor Menellia I


The Most Excellent Empire of Picairn is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Menellia I with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.22 billion Picairnians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormridge. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Picairnian economy, worth a remarkable 2,065 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 251,266 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Emperor Menellia I's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded, teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, and the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Picairn's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Secularism.

Picairn is ranked 208,274th in the world and 5,065th in The North Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 29.22 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 1,376thMost Efficient Economies: 1,994thMost Developed: 2,053rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,160thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,322ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,435thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,456thLargest Governments: 2,555thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,582ndHighest Food Quality: 2,767thSmartest Citizens: 2,782ndTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,942ndMost Inclusive: 2,976thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,026thHealthiest Citizens: 3,203rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,280thLowest Crime Rates: 3,480thMost Cultured: 3,668thNicest Citizens: 3,875thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,900thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,153rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,684thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,769thHighest Average Incomes: 4,814thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,349thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,417thSafest: 5,524thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,743rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,810thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,193rdMost Patriotic: 6,619thBest Weather: 7,791stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,023rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,933rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,891stHighest Economic Output: 11,130thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,612thTop
Most Secular: 14,273rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,841stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,910thMost Income Equality: 27,307th
Highest Poor Incomes: 96th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 96th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 111th in the regionMost Developed: 114th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 127th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 129th in the regionLargest Governments: 129th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 139th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 140th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 148th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 152nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 156th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 165th in the regionMost Inclusive: 168th in the regionMost Cultured: 171st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 176th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 191st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 191st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 201st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 208th in the regionNicest Citizens: 224th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 229th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 233rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 238th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 241st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 255th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 269th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 293rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 295th in the regionSafest: 314th in the regionMost Influential: 343rd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 360th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 394th in the regionBest Weather: 432nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 506th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 507th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 520th in the regionMost Secular: 521st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 538th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 693rd in the region

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