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The Federation of Lyustraya

“Strength Through Freedom”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: 10000 Islands



Population4.744 billion



The Federation of Lyustraya is a massive, genial nation, notable for its frequent executions, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 4.744 billion Lyustrayans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novobanyal. The average income tax rate is 92.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Lyustrayan economy, worth a remarkable 1,025 trillion lyustrals a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 216,103 lyustrals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

Obstetricians are not allowed to publish ultrasound pictures of fetuses in medical journals, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, Shark is one of the most popular forenames in Lyustraya, and refugees from other nations are flocking to Lyustraya's border. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lyustraya's national animal is the shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Lyustraya is ranked 21,896th in the world and 153rd in 10000 Islands for Rudest Citizens, with 106.05 Insults Per Minute.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,298thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,478thSafest: 1,600thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,609thMost Efficient Economies: 1,919thHealthiest Citizens: 2,035thNicest Citizens: 2,053rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,081stTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,287thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,505thLowest Crime Rates: 2,619thMost Developed: 3,375thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,838thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,916thSmartest Citizens: 3,969thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,030thMost Inclusive: 4,174thLargest Governments: 4,269thBest Weather: 4,304thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,911thHighest Average Incomes: 5,115thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,140thMost Cultured: 5,750thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,487thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,803rdMost Armed: 6,997thLargest Retail Industry: 7,342ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,580thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,782ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,877thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,974thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,541stTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,177thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,973rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,009thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,235thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,535thMost Secular: 15,949thHighest Economic Output: 16,603rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,111th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the regionSafest: 33rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 37th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 42nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 42nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 43rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 48th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 50th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 57th in the regionLargest Governments: 66th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 72nd in the regionMost Developed: 72nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 74th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 77th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Armed: 81st in the regionMost Inclusive: 82nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 83rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 89th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 94th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 96th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 97th in the regionBest Weather: 97th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 104th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 105th in the regionMost Cultured: 113th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 116th in the regionMost Politically Free: 136th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 142nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lyustraya was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, refugees from other nations are flocking to Lyustraya's border.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, Shark is one of the most popular forenames in Lyustraya.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, obstetricians are not allowed to publish ultrasound pictures of fetuses in medical journals.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, the entire entry for Lyustraya in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, the standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, school children are expected to know the names of all seven hundred native tribes and their cultural practices.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Lyustraya, "Mad Max: Returning Again to Barrydrome" is this year's unexpected summer blockbuster.


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