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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,684th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,888th Most Politically Free: 3,257th
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 colossal, safe nation, ruled by Rodrick Jones with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.771 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 639 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 33,130th in the world and 3rd in The Empire of Friendship for Most Devout, with 832.99 Prayers Per Hour.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,684thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,888thMost Politically Free: 3,257thSafest: 3,276thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,612thMost Pacifist: 3,620thNicest Citizens: 3,807thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,984thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,339thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,625thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,698thBest Weather: 5,088thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,684thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,039thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,591stMost Cultured: 6,821stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,440thNudest: 7,919thTop
Most Stationary: 8,692ndSmartest Citizens: 8,888thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,141stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,918thLargest Governments: 12,534thHealthiest Citizens: 13,111thLargest Populations: 13,195thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,335thMost Influential: 15,650thHighest Economic Output: 16,557thMost Inclusive: 16,588th
Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the region

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