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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,286thMost Influential: 3,963rdRudest Citizens: 6,673rd
The Empire of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
A Free Society Cannot Censor Itself Into Progress.
Emperor Menellia I
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
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Population798 million

LeaderEmperor Menellia I


The Empire of Picairn is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Menellia I with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 798 million Picairnians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormridge. The average income tax rate is 62.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Picairnian economy, worth 115 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 144,474 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning, sailors spend their shore leave helping old ladies cross the street, toddlers are wielding machine guns in the name of national defense, and to say that military robots are inclined towards violence is offensive. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Picairn's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Picairn is ranked 115,028th in the world and 5,565th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 955.49 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,286thTop
Most Influential: 3,963rdRudest Citizens: 6,673rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,544thMost Efficient Economies: 8,399thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,733rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,205thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,275thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,375thTop
Most Developed: 10,778thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,313thSmartest Citizens: 12,067thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,662ndHighest Average Incomes: 14,764thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,245thHealthiest Citizens: 15,727thMost Politically Free: 16,278thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,309thMost Cultured: 17,042ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,213thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,911thLargest Governments: 18,253rdMost Secular: 18,831stMost Inclusive: 18,922ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 19,011thBest Weather: 19,786thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,790thLowest Crime Rates: 20,592nd
Most Politically Free: 339th in the regionRudest Citizens: 364th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 416th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 432nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 437th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 506th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 513th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 545th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 586th in the regionMost Developed: 607th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 619th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 643rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 659th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 687th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 729th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 799th in the regionMost Cultured: 823rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 833rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 844th in the regionLargest Governments: 868th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 872nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 886th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 903rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 966th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 976th in the regionMost Secular: 982nd in the regionMost Influential: 989th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, to say that military robots are inclined towards violence is offensive.
  • : Picairn endorsed The Kingdom of Krazon.
  • : Picairn was endorsed by The Kingdom of Krazon.
  • : Picairn voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, toddlers are wielding machine guns in the name of national defense.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, sailors spend their shore leave helping old ladies cross the street.
  • : Picairn voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.
  • : Picairn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens and Lowest Crime Rates.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 162 » Prydania, Zzozona, Yokciq Empire, Dakota Territories, Hoglands, McMasterdonia, Pallaith, Seenvorland, Orado, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Territorio di Nessuno, New Lakemba, Ihese, Ethnon, Dabarastan, Sundred, El Fiji Grande, I Like Killing people, Great Bights Mum, Koda-Land, Guer Aike, Corfad, Dreadton, Plutayah, Termathe, Artemis Selene, Cartero, North Bratislava, Daiz, Unshleepd, Former English Colony, Iztocna Slavija, Newpromisedland, Hamerica, Sikol, Interdimensional Zone, Fauzjhia, Castle Federation, The Rhein States, Shibutani, Siwale, The Tampa Bay Rays, Palgo, Capreadonia, Yaorozu, PortvgaI, 1 very fast endotarter, Frances Francis the First of France, Sunto, Saperisole, and 112 others.Omnistria, Korovan Isles, Dar es Saalam, Valhalla123, Notyoutopia, Pazair, Fluffy Noodles, Valentine Z, Xagill, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Praeceps, Kranostav, Selfgradatude, Wineclaw, The Calabash Protectorate, Simone Republic, Planes, Tukayyiad, Borsukia, The Iron Lions, Serendipita Martia, Kocherian, Aeolist, Sil Dorsett, Loutsland, Lionia, Ihsan, Zumlandia, Clan Spaniel, Fendlium, Seanat, Brucklania, Wit Noreis, Arbor Marshes, U S Eh, Terra Aquilon, Joodey, Zeternia, Plangainer, Westinor, Fayyayid, Arichia, Schnuftelland, Eywaan, Vincone Cae, Principia Mathematica, Nouvelle-Floride, The Pantheons, Yellops, Solskjar, Damsmel, Palisede, Highton Islands, PotatoFarmers, New Jamgra, Unimaginable Doom, Fracie, Terban Kedah, Yalgora, The New Cordian Empire, Shadowrik, Malta Comino Gozo, Xyrron, Nistriabar, Ravendi, Labora, Smesh, Pokemanland, Madjack, Abject Ludicrosity, Pierresburg, United Kahndaq, Neu-Galicia, Kahlo, Kragsgale, East Akra, Buckhem, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Xipher, Phire Fric, Libertania Democratica, Cowbridge, Eraver, Animu Place, Empy, Noahs Second Country, Cosamaloapan, Franklin Jacksons Canada, Western Vapia, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, Aleklandia, Illusia and Neverendia, Arimbia, Caladann, Ultra777, Erubetia, Bacciatto, Eastern Cous Empria, Andexia, Freedomsland, Moubarakistan, Napnomadia, Heilhum Imperius, Pope Saint Peter the Apostle, Great Robertia, Dangine, Eschatosia, Innocentic, New Tronia, Nationeer, and Krazon.

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