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The Federation of Picardland

“Make It So.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific

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Picardland

Population1.982 billion

CapitalSan Francisco

CurrencyGold Plated Latinum
AnimalTribbles

The Federation of Picardland is a massive, genial nation, notable for its anti-smoking policies, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.982 billion Picardlandians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of San Francisco. The average income tax rate is 81.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Picardlandian economy, worth 149 trillion Gold Plated Latinums a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 75,511 Gold Plated Latinums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods", military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", and surveillance cameras are banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Picardland's national animal is the Tribbles, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Picardland is ranked 1,458th in the world and 892nd in The North Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 107 Valid Endorsements.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,458thTop
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Most Influential: 1,957thMost Pacifist: 5,323rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,649thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,836thSafest: 5,878thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,129thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,435thNicest Citizens: 7,473rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,325thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8,424thBest Weather: 9,402ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,652ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,693rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,757thHealthiest Citizens: 12,721stLongest Average Lifespans: 12,877thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,959thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,095thLowest Crime Rates: 16,652nd
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5%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 212th in the regionMost Pacifist: 297th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 311th in the regionSafest: 311th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 341st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 382nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 405th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 428th in the regionNicest Citizens: 432nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 435th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 509th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 522nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 530th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 665th in the regionMost Influential: 671st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 672nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 682nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 699th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 777th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 841st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Picardland was endorsed by The Queendom of Eravonia.
  • : Picardland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Picardland, surveillance cameras are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Picardland, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance".
  • : Following new legislation in Picardland, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Picardland, the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods".
  • : Following new legislation in Picardland, the well-to-do in The North Pacific are never on time for important appointments.
  • : Picardland was endorsed by The United Dynastic Republic of Opstan.
  • : Picardland was endorsed by The Confederacy of Zyvetskistaahn.
  • : Picardland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.

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