by Max Barry

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The Never Royal of Lily Pad Nation

“Hop Away Okay?”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific


Lily Pad Nation

Population2.561 billion

CapitalPond Drop
LeaderLily the Pad
FaithFrog Popeism


The Never Royal of Lily Pad Nation is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lily the Pad with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 2.561 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 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lily Pad Nationian economy, worth 363 trillion Coppers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 142,022 Coppers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens often ask "what has information technology ever done for us?", elementary school students are required to master Bach's Chaconne in D before graduation, military funding has been stripped back, and the recently liberated free press cautiously uses compliment sandwiches to cushion its criticisms of Lily the Pad. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, 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 147,190th in the world and 5,911th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -8.49 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 789thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,684thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,524thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,753rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,775thNicest Citizens: 4,811thLargest Black Market: 4,850thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,016thLargest Retail Industry: 5,943rdMost Cultured: 6,348thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,425thMost Inclusive: 6,735thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,438thHighest Drug Use: 7,707thTop
Best Weather: 8,661stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,596thMost Influential: 9,783rdHighest Crime Rates: 10,044thMost Efficient Economies: 10,055thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,213thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,874thMost Developed: 10,911thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,190thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,235thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,587thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,909thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,956thHighest Average Incomes: 14,151stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,168th
Most Devout: 24th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 69th in the regionLargest Black Market: 84th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 104th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 112th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 140th in the regionNicest Citizens: 159th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 160th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 160th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 173rd in the regionMost Cultured: 189th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 206th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 239th in the regionMost Inclusive: 243rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 243rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 250th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 258th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 264th in the regionBest Weather: 281st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 300th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 318th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 326th in the regionMost Developed: 332nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 337th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 351st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 366th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 389th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 411th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 515th in the regionNudest: 537th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 576th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 614th in the region

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