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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

Population4.327 billion

CapitalPond Drop
LeaderLily the Pad
FaithFrog Popeism


The Anuracult of Lily Pad Nation is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lily the Pad with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, enslaved workforce, and smutty television. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 4.327 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 73.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Lily Pad Nationian economy, worth 631 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 146,000 Coppers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, passengers often cause a stink on public transport, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, and public enemies often walk home with spotless garments and crime records. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major 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 203,230th in the world and 8,152nd in the South Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -18.76 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Devout: 814thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,677thHighest Crime Rates: 3,522ndLargest Gambling Industry: 4,570thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,798thLargest Black Market: 5,168thNicest Citizens: 5,203rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,476thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,251stLargest Retail Industry: 6,270thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,597thMost Cultured: 6,668thMost Inclusive: 7,221stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,713thBest Weather: 8,718thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,124thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,017thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,286thMost Efficient Economies: 11,683rdMost Influential: 11,985thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,314thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,829thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,023rdHighest Average Incomes: 14,410thHighest Drug Use: 14,583rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,206thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,822ndMost Pacifist: 17,727thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,843rdMost Developed: 19,391st
Most Devout: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 68th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 117th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 122nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 143rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 153rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 176th in the regionNicest Citizens: 184th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 186th in the regionMost Cultured: 188th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 189th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 198th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 233rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 249th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 262nd in the regionBest Weather: 269th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 284th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 319th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 333rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 333rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 366th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 385th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 390th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 417th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 443rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 514th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 526th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 544th in the regionMost Developed: 556th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 608th in the regionLargest Populations: 614th in the regionNudest: 661st in the regionLargest Governments: 714th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 745th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 755th in the regionMost Pacifist: 769th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 773rd in the region

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