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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,434th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,817th Most Rebellious Youth: 2,956th
The Mother Empire of
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Boni Amici, Boni Libri, et Conscientia Somnolenta.
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Retro Lyra

Population15.517 billion

CapitalHollo Caverns
LeaderRodrick Jones

CurrencyZeldian Rupee
Animalllama with hats

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, anti-smoking policies, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 15.517 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 a remarkable 1,015 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.

Artists are pillars of society, the state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property, and people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals. 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 18,168th in the world and 4th in The Empire of Friendship for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,554.86 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,434thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,817thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,956thSafest: 3,337thMost Pacifist: 3,891stNicest Citizens: 4,497thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,826thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,536thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,024thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,268thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,309thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,436thBest Weather: 6,463rdMost Politically Free: 6,556thMost Cultured: 6,887thNudest: 6,979thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,367thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,457thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,049thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,303rdTop
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Largest Populations: 9,378thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,704thSmartest Citizens: 10,891stLargest Governments: 12,004thHealthiest Citizens: 12,593rdMost Influential: 13,613thHighest Economic Output: 14,318thMost Inclusive: 14,536thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,965thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,066th

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  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Retro Lyra was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Retro Lyra's influence in The Empire of Friendship fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".

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