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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 763rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,206thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,483rd
The Corporation of
Corporate Bordello
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population6.795 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, strictly enforced bedtime, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 6.795 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 966 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 15,333rd in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Highest Average Incomes, with 142,265.54 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 763rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,206thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,483rdTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,711thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,730thFattest Citizens: 2,881stHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,575thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,893rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,255thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,557thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,979thMost Efficient Economies: 12,208thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,706thMost Inclusive: 14,101stHighest Drug Use: 14,551stMost Stationary: 14,687thHighest Average Incomes: 15,333rdHighest Economic Output: 17,429thMost Influential: 17,653rdLargest Gambling Industry: 19,081stSmartest Citizens: 19,275thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,005th

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