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Largest Agricultural Sector: 242ndNudest: 694thMost Scientifically Advanced: 705th
The Most Serene Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Everything that rises, will one day fall
Dusk Maine
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.193 billion

CapitalNihil City
LeaderDusk Maine

CurrencyPiehuan Dollar
AnimalShadow Dragon

The Most Serene Republic of Piehu is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Dusk Maine with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 4.193 billion Piehuans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nihil City. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Piehuan economy, worth a remarkable 1,672 trillion Piehuan Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 398,773 Piehuan Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Gambling is outlawed, children grow up long before the paperwork for their lemonade stands can be sorted out, reflection is vital for badly behaved politicians, and the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Piehu's national animal is the Shadow Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Piehu is ranked 214,808th in the world and 332nd in The Kodiak Republic for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -1.77 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 242ndNudest: 694thMost Scientifically Advanced: 705thMost Efficient Economies: 822ndHighest Average Incomes: 960thRudest Citizens: 1,067thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,208thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,237thLargest Retail Industry: 1,396thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,500thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,553rdMost Secular: 1,606thMost Armed: 1,774thSmartest Citizens: 1,878thLargest Governments: 2,054thMost Patriotic: 2,318thMost Developed: 2,411thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,165thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,308thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,401stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,645thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,815thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,203rdHighest Food Quality: 4,260thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,294thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,334thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,365thLargest Black Market: 4,431stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,043rdMost Cultured: 5,332ndMost Inclusive: 5,392ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,414thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,511thMost Influential: 5,579thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,679thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,858thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,568thLowest Crime Rates: 6,674thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,544thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,892ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,920thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,314thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,210thHighest Economic Output: 13,077thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 31,301st
Most Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Piehu was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Piehu was endorsed by The Federal Republic of Calabur.
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health.
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, reflection is vital for badly behaved politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, children grow up long before the paperwork for their lemonade stands can be sorted out.
  • : Piehu was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, gambling is outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, lip-readers are often left perplexed by political rallies.
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Piehu, Nihil City's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.