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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th Largest Black Market: 49th
The Protectorate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Undaunted
Regional Influence
Diplomat
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Protectorate of Lyras is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Warmarshal Leon Krell with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.685 billion Lyrans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Environment and Welfare not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bredubar. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth a remarkable 8,660 trillion Varessan crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 350,821 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Prisons are filled with the cackles and sobs of a deranged inmate population, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces, religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools, and organ donation is compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Lyras's national animal is the Lyran Drop Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Lyras is ranked 44,672nd in the world and 28th in Greater Dienstad for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 3,188.87 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Black Market: 49thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 69thMost Efficient Economies: 192ndHighest Economic Output: 312thHighest Average Incomes: 643rdMost Armed: 700thFattest Citizens: 851stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,718thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,852ndLargest Populations: 1,935thLargest Governments: 1,971stMost Avoided: 2,148thLargest Mining Sector: 2,262ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,446thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,200thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,510thMost Influential: 5,369thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,377thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,993rdHighest Drug Use: 6,254thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,284thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,487thMost Stationary: 8,021stTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,621stLargest Insurance Industry: 12,341stMost Conservative: 14,903rd
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, prisons are filled with the cackles and sobs of a deranged inmate population.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, military spending recently hit a new high.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, cities are engulfed by smog.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, governments opposing Lyras are beset by rebels.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the nation has declared war on all passing comets.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Lyrans any less frightened.

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