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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,780th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,913th Safest: 3,252nd
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The Mother Empire of Retro Lyra is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.118 billion Retro Lyrans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hollo Caverns. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Retro Lyran economy, worth 662 trillion Zeldian Rupees a year, is extremely specialized and solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 65,465 Zeldian Rupees, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Councils up and down the country wrangle over legal matters, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, and not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Retro Lyra's national animal is the llama with hats, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Retro Lyra is ranked 6,845th in the world and 5th in The Empire of Friendship for Longest Average Lifespans, with 88.51 Years.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,780thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,913thSafest: 3,252ndMost Politically Free: 3,528thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,716thMost Pacifist: 3,717thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,981stNicest Citizens: 4,044thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,462ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,704thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,954thBest Weather: 5,275thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,901stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,227thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,845thMost Cultured: 7,200thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,260thNudest: 8,212thMost Stationary: 8,337thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 9,221stLargest Welfare Programs: 9,353rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,321stLargest Governments: 12,346thLargest Populations: 12,832ndHealthiest Citizens: 13,480thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,923rdMost Influential: 15,660thHighest Economic Output: 16,407thMost Inclusive: 16,952ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,936th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the region

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