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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

Population32.094 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 renowned for its digital currency, state-planned economy, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 32.094 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 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyran economy, worth an astonishing 16,044 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 499,913 Varessan crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

A valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales', the derisively named "Morlocks of Moria" futilely demand time in the sun, neighboring nations are tired of Lyras's big fish stories, and wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities. 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 218,532nd in the world and 69th in Greater Dienstad for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -637.13 on the Hayek Index.

Top
1%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15thLargest Black Market: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30thHighest Economic Output: 132ndHighest Average Incomes: 307thMost Armed: 376thHighest Poor Incomes: 401stFattest Citizens: 831stLargest Mining Sector: 1,028thMost Avoided: 1,215thLargest Governments: 1,225thLargest Populations: 1,662ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,869thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,012thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,190thTop
5%
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,384thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,434thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,704thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,950thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,596thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,766thMost Efficient Economies: 7,190thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,301stLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,006thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,360thMost Influential: 8,434thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,835thTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 11,215thLowest Crime Rates: 12,368thMost Conservative: 12,548thMost Authoritarian: 14,262ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,566thMost Devout: 16,366thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,192ndLargest Retail Industry: 18,667thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18,738th
Top
5%
Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Extreme: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Lyras was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, neighboring nations are tired of Lyras's big fish stories.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the derisively named "Morlocks of Moria" futilely demand time in the sun.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the government defends a woman's right to choose.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, the military is plagued with unethical researchers.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyras, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear.

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