by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,839th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,149th Safest: 3,163rd
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, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 11.522 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 754 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 4,772nd in the world and 2nd in The Empire of Friendship for Most Politically Free, scoring 92.43 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,839thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,149thSafest: 3,163rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,637thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,757thMost Pacifist: 3,781stNicest Citizens: 4,316thMost Politically Free: 4,772ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,937thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,253rdMost Beautiful Environments: 5,364thBest Weather: 6,340thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,734thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,799thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,181stMost Stationary: 7,192ndMost Cultured: 7,223rdNudest: 7,478thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,921stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,452ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,534thTop
Smartest Citizens: 9,992ndLargest Populations: 11,499thLargest Governments: 12,036thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,750thHealthiest Citizens: 13,661stMost Influential: 14,374thHighest Economic Output: 15,356thMost Inclusive: 16,301stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,393rdLowest Crime Rates: 17,615thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,071st
Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the region

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