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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9th Largest Black Market: 43rd
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 sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 25.241 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 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth a remarkable 9,133 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 361,837 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.6 times as much as the poorest.

Taking hostages is a great way to influence government policy, disputed territories across Greater Dienstad are being claimed by Lyran college students, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge, and the automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours. 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 182nd in the world and 8th in Greater Dienstad for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9thLargest Black Market: 43rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 59thMost Efficient Economies: 182ndHighest Economic Output: 285thHighest Average Incomes: 586thMost Armed: 653rdFattest Citizens: 852ndTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1,639thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,694thLargest Governments: 1,881stLargest Populations: 1,909thMost Avoided: 2,021stLargest Mining Sector: 2,049thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,985thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,809thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,916thMost Influential: 5,140thHighest Drug Use: 5,164thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,257thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,471stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,515thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,791stMost Stationary: 7,446thTop
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Most Conservative: 9,758thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,849thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,902nd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, disputed territories across Greater Dienstad are being claimed by Lyran college students.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, taking hostages is a great way to influence government policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, for 25 Varessan crowns tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the military sees national borders more as guidelines than absolutes.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, billions of Varessan crowns are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, state-sanctioned torture is okay so long as there's no icky blood.

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