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The Mother Empire of Retro Lyra

“Boni Amici, Boni Libri, et Conscientia Somnolenta.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Location: The Empire of Friendship

Regional Influence: Power


The Mother Empire of Retro Lyra is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, anti-smoking policies, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 18.918 billion Retro Lyrans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hollo Caverns. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Retro Lyran economy, worth a remarkable 1,238 trillion Zeldian Rupees a year, is extremely specialized and solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 65,457 Zeldian Rupees, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Artists are pillars of society, the state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property, and people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Retro Lyra's national animal is the llama with hats, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Retro Lyra is ranked 239,423rd in the world and 9th in The Empire of Friendship for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -16.1 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,484thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,100thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,471stSafest: 3,552ndMost Pacifist: 3,910thNicest Citizens: 5,624thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,108thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,006thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,274thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,291stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,298thMost Cultured: 7,420thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,670thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,021stLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,097thBest Weather: 8,367thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,786thLargest Populations: 8,945thNudest: 10,485thTop
Smartest Citizens: 12,071stLargest Governments: 13,640thHealthiest Citizens: 14,458thHighest Economic Output: 14,789thMost Politically Free: 15,376thMost Influential: 15,396thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,386thMost Inclusive: 16,694thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,277thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,711thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,214thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,277thLowest Crime Rates: 21,308th

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