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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th Largest Black Market: 46th
The Protectorate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Undaunted
Regional Influence
Envoy
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Protectorate of Lyras is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warmarshal Leon Krell with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, parental licensing program, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.86 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 8,769 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 352,737 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Funding for education has been redirected into the military, children regularly take part in blood sports that result in extreme boo-boos, immigrant herding has become a national pastime, and foreign musicians that Warmarshal Leon Krell dislikes are turned away at the border. 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 177,788th in the world and 72nd in Greater Dienstad for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -451.66 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Black Market: 46thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66thMost Efficient Economies: 188thHighest Economic Output: 300thHighest Average Incomes: 623rdMost Armed: 676thFattest Citizens: 834thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,697thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,802ndTop
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Largest Populations: 1,927thLargest Governments: 1,947thMost Avoided: 2,121stLargest Mining Sector: 2,228thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,351stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,124thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,912thMost Influential: 5,343rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,702ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,039thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,091stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,288thHighest Drug Use: 6,329thMost Stationary: 7,897thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,318thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,319thMost Conservative: 13,341st
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, foreign musicians that Warmarshal Leon Krell dislikes are turned away at the border.
  • : Lyras's influence in Greater Dienstad fell from "Diplomat" to "Envoy".
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, children regularly take part in blood sports that result in extreme boo-boos.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, funding for education has been redirected into the military.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Lyras at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, every microwave and toaster is being disassembled and probed by inspectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Lyras.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the leaders of Lyras are given the nod by their predecessors.

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