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The Anuracult of Lily Pad Nation

“Hop Away Okay?”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific


Lily Pad Nation

Population4.816 billion

CapitalPond Drop
LeaderLily the Pad
FaithFrog Popeism


The Anuracult of Lily Pad Nation is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lily the Pad with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, ritual sacrifices, and public floggings. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 4.816 billion Lily Padians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pond Drop. The average income tax rate is 72.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Lily Pad Nationian economy, worth 725 trillion Coppers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Gambling, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 150,626 Coppers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

It isn't only obsequious grandees who produce a lot of manure at state occasions, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Pond Drop, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, and bungee jumpers rarely go splat. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Lily Pad Nation's national animal is the Frog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Frog Popeism.

Lily Pad Nation is ranked 212,705th in the world and 8,007th in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -10 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Devout: 819thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,815thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,638thHighest Crime Rates: 2,782ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,501stLargest Black Market: 5,051stNicest Citizens: 5,103rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,417thMost Cultured: 6,223rdLargest Retail Industry: 6,687thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,007thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,059thMost Inclusive: 7,206thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,119thBest Weather: 10,299thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,844thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,552ndMost Efficient Economies: 11,560thMost Influential: 12,110thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,339thHighest Average Incomes: 13,535thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,556thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,763rdMost Corrupt Governments: 14,151stMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,520thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,589thHighest Drug Use: 17,923rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,183rdMost Pacifist: 18,391stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,724thMost Developed: 20,713th
Most Devout: 24th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 42nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 65th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 91st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 139th in the regionLargest Black Market: 164th in the regionNicest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Cultured: 176th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 187th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 189th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 211th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 219th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 242nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 249th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 258th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 332nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 332nd in the regionBest Weather: 344th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 370th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 372nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 398th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 402nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 404th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 433rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 470th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 532nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 541st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 552nd in the regionLargest Populations: 594th in the regionMost Developed: 615th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 654th in the regionNudest: 708th in the regionMost Pacifist: 760th in the regionLargest Governments: 782nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 812th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 850th in the region

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