Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,823rd Most Politically Free: 2,927th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,343rd
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The Mother Empire of Retro Lyra is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.295 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 608 trillion Zeldian Rupees a year, is extremely specialized and solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 65,465 Zeldian Rupees, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Councils up and down the country wrangle over legal matters, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, and not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric. 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 177,709th in the world and 32nd in The Empire of Friendship for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -18.63 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,823rdMost Politically Free: 2,927thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,343rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,599thSafest: 3,651stNicest Citizens: 3,735thMost Pacifist: 3,870thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,538thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,636thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,656thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,931stBest Weather: 5,446thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,888thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,918thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,661stMost Cultured: 6,939thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,475thNudest: 8,550thSmartest Citizens: 8,948thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 9,962ndMost Stationary: 11,363rdHealthiest Citizens: 13,585thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,893rdLargest Governments: 14,218thLargest Populations: 14,660thMost Inclusive: 16,142ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,302ndMost Influential: 17,649th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the region

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