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Highest Crime Rates: 2,490thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,775th
The Love Song That Goes On of
Right-wing Utopia
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Velvet Elvis

Population563 million

Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 563 million Velvet Elvisians are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 43.8 trillion velvets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Average income is 77,709 velvets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 432,509 per year while the poor average 6,984, a ratio of 61.9 to 1.

You can call your arthritic immigrant neighbour for all your roof-tiling and guttering needs, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens, safe drinking water is considered a luxury, and good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to Leader. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Velvet Elvis's national animal is the expendable resource, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Velvet Elvis is ranked 110,821st in the world and 69th in Founderless for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,068.31 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 2,490thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,775thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,838thFattest Citizens: 3,900thMost Avoided: 6,209thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,721stLargest Mining Sector: 8,448thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,574thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,632ndRudest Citizens: 8,998thLargest Retail Industry: 9,098thMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,660thMost Armed: 10,355thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 13,150thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,449thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,090thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,648thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,344thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,346thMost Pro-Market: 19,495thMost Primitive: 20,881stMost Rebellious Youth: 21,555th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the region

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