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Lyras was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 274
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 18thLargest Black Market: 33rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 35th
The Protectorate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Undaunted
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Lyras

Population36.054 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 parental licensing program, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 36.054 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 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth an astonishing 18,088 trillion Varessan crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 501,719 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

Biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar, the Treasury has been accused of flushing money down the toilet, short shrift is being given to applications for political asylum from illegal immigrants, and access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery. 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 4,035th in the world and 12th in Greater Dienstad for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 599.52 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 18thLargest Black Market: 33rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 35thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 55thHighest Economic Output: 134thMost Patriotic: 174thHighest Average Incomes: 371stMost Armed: 442ndFattest Citizens: 896thHighest Poor Incomes: 958thLargest Mining Sector: 1,303rdLargest Governments: 1,470thLargest Populations: 1,579thMost Avoided: 1,964thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,016thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,036thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,511thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,540thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,547thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,776thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,550thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,035thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,164thMost Efficient Economies: 7,174thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,080thMost Influential: 10,387thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,474thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,700thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,802ndMost Subsidized Industry: 11,346thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 13,740thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,570thMost Conservative: 17,724thLargest Retail Industry: 17,991stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18,690thMost Authoritarian: 18,722ndMost Devout: 19,948thSmartest Citizens: 22,745thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23,605thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,921st
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, short shrift is being given to applications for political asylum from illegal immigrants.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the Treasury has been accused of flushing money down the toilet.
  • : Lyras lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Lyras lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, petitions to the government are being used to insulate politicians' office walls.

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