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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,835th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,954th Safest: 3,225th
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 renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.511 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 688 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 150,549th in the world and 10th in The Empire of Friendship for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -194.3 on the Hayek Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,835thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,954thSafest: 3,225thMost Politically Free: 3,605thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,638thMost Pacifist: 3,686thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,838thNicest Citizens: 4,099thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,689thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,737thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,974thBest Weather: 5,474thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,815thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,092ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,856thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,033rdMost Cultured: 7,130thNudest: 7,340thMost Stationary: 7,894thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,836thSmartest Citizens: 9,348thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,370thLargest Governments: 11,871stLargest Populations: 12,129thHealthiest Citizens: 13,148thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,984thMost Influential: 15,039thHighest Economic Output: 15,686th
Nudest: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the region

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