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The Socialist People's Republic of Picuros

“Ad pacem et sapientam, libertate semper”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The Leftist Assembly



Population8.117 billion

CapitalNew Brussels
Leaderthe RCPP-ML
Faithstate atheism


The Socialist People's Republic of Picuros is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the RCPP-ML with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, daily referendums, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.117 billion Picurians 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 large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Brussels. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Picurin economy, worth a remarkable 2,205 trillion eVouchers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 271,730 eVouchers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreign lack of enthusiasm for Picurin nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll, and workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year. Crime is totally unknown. Picuros's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is state atheism.

Picuros is ranked 18,093rd in the world and 6th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Extreme, scoring 41.76 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 392ndMost Inclusive: 437thNicest Citizens: 495thLargest Welfare Programs: 516thMost Beautiful Environments: 536thHighest Average Tax Rates: 546thMost Compassionate Citizens: 549thMost Advanced Public Education: 550thLeast Corrupt Governments: 615thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 619thMost Cheerful Citizens: 619thMost Rebellious Youth: 682ndBest Weather: 690thSmartest Citizens: 697thLargest Governments: 760thLargest Information Technology Sector: 810thMost Developed: 856thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 871stMost Secular: 882ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 888thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 909thHighest Poor Incomes: 911thMost Cultured: 935thMost Pacifist: 1,002ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,009thRudest Citizens: 1,063rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,114thHighest Drug Use: 1,330thHealthiest Citizens: 1,348thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,389thMost Influential: 1,524thSafest: 1,581stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,621stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,134thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,194thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,500thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,582ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,785thLowest Crime Rates: 3,784thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,840thHighest Economic Output: 7,384thNudest: 9,825thTop
Most Politically Free: 14,949thMost Income Equality: 16,222ndMost Extreme: 18,093rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,899th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extreme: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 36th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 41st in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Picuros, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year.
  • : Following new legislation in Picuros, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Picuros, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Picuros, foreign lack of enthusiasm for Picurin nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli.
  • : Picuros was endorsed by The United People's Republics of Podria.
  • : Following new legislation in Picuros, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Following new legislation in Picuros, The RCPP-ML's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Picuros voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Voting Equality for Freed Inmates"".
  • : Picuros endorsed The Red Union of New Samon.
  • : Picuros was endorsed by The Red Union of New Samon.


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