by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,858th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,936th Safest: 3,103rd
The Mother Empire of
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Boni Amici, Boni Libri, et Conscientia Somnolenta.
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The Mother Empire of Retro Lyra is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, public floggings, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 11.019 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 721 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 164,645th in the world and 16th in The Empire of Friendship for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -23.96 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,858thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,936thSafest: 3,103rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,624thMost Pacifist: 3,660thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,815thNicest Citizens: 4,165thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,701stMost Politically Free: 4,750thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,794thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,052ndBest Weather: 5,344thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,121stNudest: 6,559thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,581stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,089thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,115thMost Cultured: 7,126thMost Stationary: 7,485thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,400thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,637thSmartest Citizens: 9,683rdLargest Populations: 11,685thLargest Governments: 11,688thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,941stHealthiest Citizens: 13,090thMost Influential: 14,514thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,151stHighest Economic Output: 15,358thMost Inclusive: 15,938thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,466th
Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the region

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