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The Most Excellent Empire of Picairn

“The Empire rules the waves!”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population8.741 billion

LeaderEmperor Menellia I


The Most Excellent Empire of Picairn is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Menellia I with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.741 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 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Picairnian economy, worth a remarkable 2,231 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 255,302 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room, the nation's counterintelligence budget is all up in the air, kissing cousins produce the heartiest babies, and an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents. 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 34,391st in the world and 721st in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 293,972 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 1,613thMost Developed: 1,958thMost Efficient Economies: 2,024thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,085thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,263rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,409thLargest Governments: 2,461stLargest Publishing Industry: 2,493rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,575thHighest Food Quality: 2,659thSmartest Citizens: 2,717thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,789thMost Inclusive: 2,840thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,936thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 3,008thLowest Crime Rates: 3,387thMost Cultured: 3,530thNicest Citizens: 3,836thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,874thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,050thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,448thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,463rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,894thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,955thSafest: 5,097thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,301stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,499thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,527thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,889thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,035thMost Patriotic: 7,854thBest Weather: 7,966thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,650thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,826thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,936thHighest Economic Output: 10,459thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,702ndMost Secular: 14,409thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,939thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,825thMost Income Equality: 28,523rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28,729th
Highest Poor Incomes: 86th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 97th in the regionMost Developed: 104th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 113th in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 126th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 128th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 129th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 132nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 139th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 144th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 151st in the regionMost Cultured: 152nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 160th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 169th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 173rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 176th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 191st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 194th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 196th in the regionNicest Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 222nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 231st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 259th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 261st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 262nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 269th in the regionSafest: 280th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 286th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 329th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 369th in the regionMost Influential: 395th in the regionBest Weather: 416th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 426th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 441st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 447th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 460th in the regionMost Secular: 487th in the region

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