Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,614th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,865th Most Politically Free: 3,129th
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The Mother Empire of Retro Lyra is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, hatred of cheese, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.541 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 624 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 2,614th in the world and 2nd in The Empire of Friendship for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 65.12 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,614thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,865thMost Politically Free: 3,129thSafest: 3,284thMost Pacifist: 3,536thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,587thNicest Citizens: 3,608thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,972ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,176thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,428thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,491stBest Weather: 4,932ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,542ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,693rdLongest Average Lifespans: 6,391stMost Cultured: 6,660thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,618thNudest: 7,678thTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,639thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,227thMost Stationary: 9,413thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,451stLargest Governments: 12,633rdHealthiest Citizens: 12,936thLargest Populations: 13,388thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,474thMost Influential: 15,887th
Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the region

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