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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,146th Largest Retail Industry: 1,800th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,952nd
The Corporation of
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population3.162 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.162 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 4.5%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth 366 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 115,965 up-votes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 395,149 per year while the poor average 25,064, a ratio of 15.8 to 1.

Students are known to arrive at school in their pyjamas, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne, and the over-worked news vendor spends weekends doing the laundry of foreign leaders. Crime is almost non-existent. 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 26,894th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 11,179.94 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,146thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,800thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,952ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,004thRudest Citizens: 4,285thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,724thFattest Citizens: 5,821stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,085thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,122ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,580thHighest Drug Use: 10,806thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,180thMost Pro-Market: 15,073rdMost Pacifist: 16,419thMost Inclusive: 16,683rd

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