by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 777thLargest Retail Industry: 1,217thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,509th
The Corporation of
Corporate Bordello
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population7.217 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, deadly medical pandemics, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.217 billion distributors are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gossip Magazine. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth a remarkable 1,026 trillion up-votes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 142,265 up-votes, with the richest citizens earning 7.5 times as much as the poorest.

The government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash, parents are shocked to find out that having kids costs money, vaccinations are mandatory, and schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention. Crime is totally unknown. The NewsStand's national animal is the shelf-browser, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Money.

The NewsStand is ranked 24,766th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Most Secular, with 43.85 Atheism Rate.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 777thLargest Retail Industry: 1,217thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,509thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,632ndRudest Citizens: 2,895thFattest Citizens: 2,936thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,504thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,981stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,279thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,467thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 11,045thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,657thMost Efficient Economies: 12,677thMost Stationary: 14,273rdMost Inclusive: 14,316thHighest Average Incomes: 15,345thHighest Economic Output: 16,623rdMost Influential: 16,890thHighest Drug Use: 17,585thSmartest Citizens: 19,512thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,326thLargest Gambling Industry: 20,438th

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