by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 821st Most Rebellious Youth: 2,957th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,168th
The Lilygarchy of
Father Knows Best State
Hop Away Okay?
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Lily Pad Nation

Population1.654 billion

CapitalPond Drop
LeaderLily the Pad
FaithFrog Popeism


The Lilygarchy of Lily Pad Nation is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Lily the Pad with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and public floggings. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 1.654 billion Lily Padians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pond Drop. The average income tax rate is 71.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lily Pad Nationian economy, worth 237 trillion Coppers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 143,398 Coppers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

It's rare to find an unchewed pencil, the new national mascot has to be wheeled onto the field of play, Lily Padians seem to be catching more chills, and hoping to get pregnant is considered sinful presumption. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Lily Pad Nation's national animal is the Frog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Frog Popeism.

Lily Pad Nation is ranked 92,225th in the world and 4,170th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 44.78 on the Rand Index.

Most Devout: 821stTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,957thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,168thNicest Citizens: 4,567thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,658thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,002ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,684thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,689thLargest Black Market: 5,861stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,869thHighest Crime Rates: 6,291stMost Cultured: 6,726thMost Inclusive: 7,124thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,695thHighest Drug Use: 7,903rdTop
Best Weather: 9,006thMost Influential: 9,110thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,845thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,567thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,644thMost Efficient Economies: 10,865thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,505thMost Developed: 11,515thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,607thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,688thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,339thHighest Average Incomes: 14,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,593rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,499thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,839th
Most Devout: 23rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 73rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 86th in the regionLargest Black Market: 88th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 131st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 143rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 159th in the regionNicest Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 168th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 172nd in the regionMost Cultured: 194th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 198th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 217th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 235th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 238th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 249th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 257th in the regionMost Inclusive: 257th in the regionBest Weather: 282nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 297th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 321st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 321st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 335th in the regionMost Developed: 348th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 359th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 396th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 405th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 437th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 461st in the regionMost Influential: 595th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 647th in the regionLargest Governments: 671st in the regionNudest: 684th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 743rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 791st in the region

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