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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 755th Largest Retail Industry: 1,799th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,313th
The Corporation of
Anarchy
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Influence
Dominator
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The NewsStand

Population4.418 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor
FaithMoney

Currencyup-vote
Animalshelf-browser

The Corporation of The NewsStand is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 4.418 billion distributors live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gossip Magazine. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.8%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth 524 trillion up-votes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an impressive 118,812 up-votes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 497,821 per year while the poor average 18,455, a ratio of 27.0 to 1.

The law says it's okay to sell a bomb to a terrorist so long as they promise not to detonate it, Scout campfire sing-a-longs tend to focus on the evils of antitrust legislation, citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers, and court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point. Crime is relatively low. 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 127,005th in the world and 2nd in The NewsStand for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -6 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 755thTop
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 1,799thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,313thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,060thFattest Citizens: 4,103rdRudest Citizens: 4,640thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,030thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,734thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,785thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,308thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,046thTop
10%
Highest Drug Use: 10,974thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,000th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The NewsStand granted posting privileges on the The NewsStand Regional Message Board to nations in embassy regions.
  • : The NewsStand lodged a message on the The NewsStand Regional Message Board.
  • : The NewsStand was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The NewsStand was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The NewsStand was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The NewsStand was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry and the Top 10% for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The NewsStand was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : The NewsStand was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : The NewsStand revoked posting privileges on the The NewsStand Regional Message Board from nations in embassy regions.
  • : The NewsStand lodged a message on the The NewsStand Regional Message Board.

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