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The Protectorate of Lyras

Lyras was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 274

“Undaunted”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Greater Dienstad

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Lyras

Population29.924 billion

CapitalBredubar
LeaderWarmarshal Leon Krell

CurrencyVaressan crown
AnimalLyran Drop Bear

The Protectorate of Lyras is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warmarshal Leon Krell with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 29.924 billion Lyrans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Environment and Social Policy not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bredubar. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth an astonishing 14,568 trillion Varessan crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 486,838 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

School uniforms are compulsory, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, foreign governments regularly accuse the Lyran military of war crimes, and terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Lyras's national animal is the Lyran Drop Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Lyras is ranked 8,083rd in the world and 14th in Greater Dienstad for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 6,223.74 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Black Market: 7thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18thHighest Economic Output: 133rdMost Efficient Economies: 167thHighest Average Incomes: 262ndMost Armed: 579thHighest Poor Incomes: 605thFattest Citizens: 834thLargest Mining Sector: 947thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 989thMost Avoided: 1,216thLargest Governments: 1,239thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,572ndLargest Populations: 1,702ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,855thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,863rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,321stLargest Insurance Industry: 2,388thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,529thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,410thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,838thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,080thMost Influential: 7,099thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,083rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,736thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,912thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,942ndMost Conservative: 11,944thRudest Citizens: 12,452ndMost Authoritarian: 12,995thLowest Crime Rates: 13,401stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,588thLargest Retail Industry: 14,367thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,814thMost Devout: 14,893rd
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, foreign governments regularly accuse the Lyran military of war crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, school uniforms are compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, at the edge of the final frontier space's biggest missile platform is about to unfold.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, a positive pregnancy test doubles as a visa.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia.

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