by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 589thMost Influential: 1,839thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,675th
The Empire of
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A Free Society Can't Censor Itself Into Progress.
Emperor Menellia I
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Population1.269 billion

LeaderEmperor Menellia I


The Empire of Picairn is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Menellia I with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.269 billion 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 Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormridge. The average income tax rate is 76.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Picairnian economy, worth 205 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,918 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, government officials are held to the highest standard of morality, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", and truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail. 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 None.

Picairn is ranked 112,131st in the world and 4,944th in The North Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 580.24 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 589thMost Influential: 1,839thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,675thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,197thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,310thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,183rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,548thMost Developed: 8,001stSmartest Citizens: 8,429thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,643rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,758thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,304thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,423rdHealthiest Citizens: 9,531stHighest Poor Incomes: 9,535thMost Inclusive: 10,326thNicest Citizens: 10,448thLargest Governments: 10,553rdBest Weather: 10,623rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,722ndLowest Crime Rates: 10,832ndMost Cultured: 10,864thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,135thHighest Average Incomes: 11,230thRudest Citizens: 11,271stMost Beautiful Environments: 11,305thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 12,122ndLargest Welfare Programs: 13,545thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,328thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,141stMost Secular: 15,368thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,436thSafest: 17,532ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,724thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,911thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,815thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,977thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,987th
Largest Publishing Industry: 254th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 303rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 361st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 373rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 409th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 411th in the regionRudest Citizens: 469th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 479th in the regionMost Developed: 487th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 487th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 504th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 515th in the regionLargest Governments: 516th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 522nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 526th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 532nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 536th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 542nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 543rd in the regionMost Cultured: 554th in the regionBest Weather: 587th in the regionNicest Citizens: 601st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 605th in the regionMost Inclusive: 610th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 641st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 650th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 656th in the regionMost Influential: 674th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 715th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 721st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 726th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 801st in the regionMost Secular: 807th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 808th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 838th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 858th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 864th in the regionSafest: 954th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 961st in the region

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