by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 752nd Largest Retail Industry: 1,854th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,342nd
The Corporation of
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population5.189 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, smutty television, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.189 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 616 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 41,002nd in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,482.33 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 752ndTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,854thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,342ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,936thFattest Citizens: 4,008thRudest Citizens: 4,710thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,924thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,581stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,751stMost Rebellious Youth: 7,185thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,754thTop
Highest Drug Use: 11,495thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,391stMost Inclusive: 15,936thMost Stationary: 16,806thMost Influential: 16,950th

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