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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 962ndMost Influential: 3,137thRudest Citizens: 7,455th
The Empire of
New York Times Democracy
A Free Society Cannot Censor Itself Into Progress.
Emperor Menellia I
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population936 million

LeaderEmperor Menellia I


The Empire of Picairn is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Menellia I with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, digital currency, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 936 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 Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormridge. The average income tax rate is 66.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Picairnian economy, worth 143 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 153,166 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Bizarre-looking creatures called 'Phoenixdogs' dominate wildlife preserves, the government maintains a Department of Skulduggery, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches, and Picairnian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Emperor Menellia I. 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 29,019th in the world and 1,033rd in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 79.14 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 962ndTop
Most Influential: 3,137thRudest Citizens: 7,455thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,784thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,078thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,255thMost Efficient Economies: 8,861stHighest Poor Incomes: 9,097thMost Developed: 9,921stTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 10,387thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,913thSmartest Citizens: 10,918thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,650thHealthiest Citizens: 11,674thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,112thHighest Average Incomes: 12,825thMost Cultured: 13,494thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,288thMost Inclusive: 14,548thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,547thLargest Governments: 15,664thNicest Citizens: 15,934thMost Secular: 16,409thLowest Crime Rates: 16,868thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,153rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,391stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,476thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,713thBest Weather: 17,863rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,047thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,344th
Rudest Citizens: 399th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 413th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 436th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 469th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 471st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 479th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 559th in the regionMost Developed: 586th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 593rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 601st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 601st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 610th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 617th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 619th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 636th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 651st in the regionMost Cultured: 664th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 674th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 764th in the regionLargest Governments: 765th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 809th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 842nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 844th in the regionMost Inclusive: 850th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 873rd in the regionMost Influential: 878th in the regionMost Secular: 883rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 886th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 931st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Picairn voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Picairn voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, Picairnian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Emperor Menellia I.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, the government maintains a Department of Skulduggery.
  • : Picairn endorsed The Fiefdom of Navsland.
  • : Picairn was endorsed by The Fiefdom of Navsland.
  • : Picairn endorsed The Federation of Liminyj.
  • : Picairn was endorsed by The Federation of Liminyj.
  • : Following new legislation in Picairn, bizarre-looking creatures called 'Phoenixdogs' dominate wildlife preserves.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 194 » 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, Newpromisedland, Hamerica, Sikol, Interdimensional Zone, Fauzjhia, The Rhein States, Shibutani, Siwale, The Tampa Bay Rays, Yaorozu, 1 very fast endotarter, Frances Francis the First of France, Sunto, Saperisole, Omnistria, Korovan Isles, Dar es Saalam, Valhalla123, Notyoutopia, and 144 others.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, U S Eh, 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, 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, Western Vapia, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, Aleklandia, Illusia and Neverendia, Arimbia, Caladann, Ultra777, Erubetia, Bacciatto, Eastern Cous Empria, Andexia, Moubarakistan, Napnomadia, Heilhum Imperius, Pope Saint Peter the Apostle, Dangine, Eschatosia, Innocentic, New Tronia, Nationeer, Krazon, Votak Matim, WeKnow, Kenaniahistan, Godwanna, Runeda, Draconian Progression, Harjad, Soughts Souble, Railroad Crossing, Kartujia, Therizia, Daulatpur, Frahnkzaden, Aerilia, Cosmosplosion, Cretox State, Morover, Visse, Healiopolis, Unsophisticate, Democratic Republic of Kohland, Holy Oranz, Sopernia, TLTland, Hardscrabble, Lulubellia, Outer Shenendoah, Jestings, Kurniastan, Nuevo Navarre, Amprak, Snottelling, Chips and Guac, Glanst, The Endless Eventide, Elvoreto, Comfed, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Magna Banitia, The Kingdom Of Wagies, Liminyj, and Navsland.

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