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The Empire of Picairn

“A Free Society Can't Censor Itself Into Progress.” Emperor Menellia I

Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Location: The North Pacific



Population2.603 billion

LeaderEmperor Menellia I


The Empire of Picairn is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Menellia I with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, daily referendums, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.603 billion Picairnians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large 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 95.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Picairnian economy, worth 515 trillion Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 197,990 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead, a primitive society is being eroded as its youth flock to the modern world, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags, and the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 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 3,923rd in the world and 245th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 95.24 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 470thMost Influential: 807thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,900thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,002ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,505thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,520thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,617thHealthiest Citizens: 3,893rdMost Developed: 3,923rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,055thSmartest Citizens: 4,161stMost Inclusive: 4,311thMost Cultured: 4,314thLargest Governments: 4,330thNicest Citizens: 4,438thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,539thLowest Crime Rates: 4,726thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,763rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,872ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,925thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,323rdLargest Welfare Programs: 5,476thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,566thHighest Average Incomes: 6,936thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,071stBest Weather: 7,750thSafest: 7,815thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,828thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,069thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,069thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,428thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,010thMost Secular: 14,181stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,879thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,606thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,833rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,978thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23,324th
Largest Publishing Industry: 131st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 179th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 180th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 218th in the regionMost Cultured: 226th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 226th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 227th in the regionLargest Governments: 237th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 238th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 245th in the regionMost Developed: 245th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 253rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 262nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 265th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 271st in the regionMost Inclusive: 277th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 281st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 293rd in the regionMost Influential: 296th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 298th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 320th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 323rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 333rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 337th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 365th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 399th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 433rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 435th in the regionSafest: 447th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 450th in the regionBest Weather: 461st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 587th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 612th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 688th in the regionMost Secular: 721st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 738th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 754th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 817th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 856th in the regionRudest Citizens: 954th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer.
  • : Picairn endorsed The Republic of AmManies.
  • : Picairn was endorsed by The Republic of AmManies.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.
  • : Picairn lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Picairn voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Quebecshire".
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, a primitive society is being eroded as its youth flock to the modern world.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead.
  • : Picairn voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Picairn lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 280 » Prydania, Zzozona, Yokciq Empire, Dakota Territories, McMasterdonia, Pallaith, Seenvorland, Orado, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Territorio di Nessuno, New Lakemba, Ethnon, El Fiji Grande, I Like Killing people, Great Bights Mum, Koda-Land, Guer Aike, Corfad, Dreadton, Termathe, North Bratislava, Daiz, Unshleepd, Former English Colony, Newpromisedland, Hamerica, Sikol, Interdimensional Zone, The Rhein States, Shibutani, Siwale, The Tampa Bay Rays, Yaorozu, 1 very fast endotarter, Frances Francis the First of France, Sunto, Omnistria, Korovan Isles, Dar es Saalam, Notyoutopia, Fluffy Noodles, Valentine Z, Xagill, Kranostav, Selfgradatude, Wineclaw, The Calabash Protectorate, Simone Republic, Planes, The Iron Lions, and 230 others.Aeolist, Sil Dorsett, Loutsland, Clan Spaniel, Fendlium, Seanat, Brucklania, Joodey, Zeternia, Eywaan, Vincone Cae, The Pantheons, Yellops, Solskjar, Highton Islands, PotatoFarmers, Unimaginable Doom, Shadowrik, Malta Comino Gozo, Xyrron, Nistriabar, Ravendi, Pokemanland, Madjack, United Kahndaq, Kragsgale, East Akra, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Xipher, Libertania Democratica, Eraver, Animu Place, Empy, Western Vapia, Amerian States, Illusia and Neverendia, Arimbia, Eastern Cous Empria, Moubarakistan, Napnomadia, Heilhum Imperius, Pope Saint Peter the Apostle, Dangine, Innocentic, Nationeer, Krazon, Votak Matim, WeKnow, Godwanna, Runeda, Draconian Progression, Harjad, Railroad Crossing, Kartujia, Aerilia, Cretox State, Morover, Visse, Unsophisticate, Holy Oranz, TLTland, Hardscrabble, Lulubellia, Outer Shenendoah, Chips and Guac, The Endless Eventide, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Liminyj, Pleroma Sans Romans, South Baba, The Canadian Peoples Republic, Republica Guilleana, Gainesixtan, Jovian Knights, VictorH, Greater Ale Permars, Keventle, Merconitonitopia, A Salmon Named Harold, Crusadam, Wilkshire, Fran Advar, Panama Coalition, Holy Empire of Greater Bavaria, Viridiann, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Venicea, Testnation223, Pytong, DIMAnism, Harmonypine, Northwest Zedonia, The Galactic Triumvirate, Bankowiata, Pasargad, PEG, The Stratosphere Islands, Sevinland, MonkeMafiaTopia, Imperial Pieserged, Vivanco, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Free Atlantis, Khoik, The Serdey Islands, Wodan, Slyakanya, Odelinor, The Pleiads, Strongwill, Ellbonnia, Nodnarb, Tvers, Chukstik Illahi, Climeria, Ozstan, Demo Troplenia, Arson pog, Noesantara, Seijitsu, Blyskalia, Port Naga, Star Kingdom, Galbadiana, Darkmondoria, Bharathvarsh, Svenskskit, Greater Pittsburgh, His Enduring Majesty, Wisconsota, Gafflebag, The Republic of Free Peoples, Mon Island, Xentherida, Que Lukustinardon, Zyvetskistaahn, Super Girl, Upper Libertatem, Solcius, The Mazur Empire, East Supple Lund, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Sachi, KhalChicken, Zemnaya Svoboda, Barabolia, Kingdom of KHATTAB, Vesteysia, Valgarda, Beasluxia, Kromi, Francois Isidore, Figyjharli, Travislavania, Maott, Wapistan, Muqatil, The Ultimate Republic, Svenskan, Siforpeo, Katuda, Shotokonia, Servilis, New Celoveniortan, Aryan Homeland, Tyirza, San Felipe, Rainengrad, Alorca, TyGerria, Steampunk Ariel, Qurtuba, Jaxikistan, Cajland, ForestMythal, Korean-Joseon, Britle, Singamadri, Defense For The World Assembly, Capablanca, Atlunartemis, Tsandonown, Impel Down, Grand Intergalactic Republic, Libvillia, Novo cruzeiro, Ariele, Folenz, Fraystonia, Andanavia, Kastonvia, Duryanistan, Herblestan, Card Kingdom, Nikhilesh23, Sopernia, Apollo Park, Bearical, Nova Arcania, Drueste, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, Fizban, Alcavia, Nation1812, Sahriastan, Lionia, The Blazeland Administration, Zdagoburg, Logovets, Glurponia, Beta Cyndriel, Paradeavenlisian States, Anonim, ROM, Tibus Heth, Sounq, Nimarya, Erisoria, Pazair, Praeceps, Zapiron, Palgo, Ravensblast, Dabarastan, Perikuresu, New Michag, Cereskia, Rising Sakura, and AmManies.

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