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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9th Largest Black Market: 47th
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, cultured nation, ruled by Warmarshal Leon Krell with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.306 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 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth a remarkable 8,560 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 352,184 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients, and the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'. 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 3,733rd in the world and 7th in Greater Dienstad for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 32,491.23 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9thLargest Black Market: 47thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 68thMost Efficient Economies: 191stHighest Economic Output: 304thHighest Average Incomes: 619thMost Armed: 679thFattest Citizens: 827thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,607thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,756thLargest Populations: 1,927thLargest Governments: 2,032ndMost Avoided: 2,060thLargest Mining Sector: 2,158thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,387thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,733rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,436thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,826thMost Influential: 5,188thHighest Drug Use: 5,518thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,677thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,071stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,424thMost Stationary: 8,405thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,455thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,499thMost Conservative: 14,579th
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, armed police are cracking down on untaxed collectable-card-trading in local junior schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the military is blowing up any threat to employment within the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Lyran military unleashed its biological weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.

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