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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9th Largest Black Market: 49th
The Protectorate of
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Regional Influence
Civil Rights
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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 national health service, anti-smoking policies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.504 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 8,641 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 352,674 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail, the nation has declared war on all passing comets, governments opposing Lyras are beset by rebels, and cities are engulfed by smog. 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 52,689th in the world and 38th in Greater Dienstad for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 2,414.48 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9thLargest Black Market: 49thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 68thMost Efficient Economies: 198thHighest Economic Output: 306thHighest Average Incomes: 629thMost Armed: 681stFattest Citizens: 829thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,632ndTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,785thLargest Populations: 1,966thLargest Governments: 2,002ndMost Avoided: 2,100thLargest Mining Sector: 2,209thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,352ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,144thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,299thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,143rdMost Influential: 5,272ndHighest Drug Use: 5,739thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,781stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,120thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,297thMost Stationary: 8,182ndTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,281stLargest Insurance Industry: 11,719thMost Conservative: 14,534th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Lyras's influence in Greater Dienstad rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar.
  • : 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'.


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