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Lyras was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 274
Largest Black Market: 5th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12th
The Protectorate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Undaunted
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Lyras

Population29 billion

CapitalBredubar
LeaderWarmarshal Leon Krell

CurrencyVaressan crown
AnimalLyran Drop Bear

The Protectorate of Lyras is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warmarshal Leon Krell with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 29 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 Social Policy not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bredubar. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth an astonishing 13,341 trillion Varessan crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 460,068 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Ship captains always order a return to port at the slightest sign of rain, passwords to nuclear codes must now contain upper and lower case characters, the nation has always been at war with Moltovea, and the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies. 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 140,791st in the world and 69th in Greater Dienstad for Most Pro-Market, scoring -56.11 on the Rand Index.

Top
1%
Largest Black Market: 5thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32ndHighest Economic Output: 162ndMost Efficient Economies: 173rdHighest Average Incomes: 317thMost Armed: 697thHighest Poor Incomes: 740thFattest Citizens: 884thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,164thLargest Mining Sector: 1,187thLargest Governments: 1,363rdMost Avoided: 1,464thLargest Populations: 1,751stTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,851stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,250thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,377thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,729thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,998thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,670thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,911thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,688thMost Influential: 7,393rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,319thTop
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,171stLargest Publishing Industry: 12,253rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,021stLowest Crime Rates: 15,133rdMost Devout: 15,491stMost Authoritarian: 16,330thMost Conservative: 17,382ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,400thLargest Retail Industry: 17,487th
Top
5%
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Largest Governments: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the nation has always been at war with Moltovea.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, passwords to nuclear codes must now contain upper and lower case characters.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, ship captains always order a return to port at the slightest sign of rain.
  • : Lyras's influence in Greater Dienstad fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, it is impossible to get any work done as auditors swarm every inch of government factories and mines.
  • : Lyras's influence in Greater Dienstad rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.

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