by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,508thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,699thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,506th
The Love Song That Goes On of
Right-wing Utopia
I knew it as soon as I felt it
Influence
Handshaker
Executive Director
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Some

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Velvet Elvis

Population1.747 billion

Currencyvelvet
Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its infamous sell-swords, digital currency, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 1.747 billion 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, moralistic, 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 6.0%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 139 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 79,832 velvets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 443,589 per year while the poor average 7,202, a ratio of 61.6 to 1.

One-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses, subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes, Merry Birthday is a popular protest song despite the risk of fines and royalty dues, and Jennifer Government is a bestseller. 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 88,430th in the world and 19th in Founderless for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,303.89 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,508thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,699thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,506thFattest Citizens: 3,618thMost Avoided: 4,033rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,673rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,822ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,925thLargest Retail Industry: 7,418thRudest Citizens: 7,472ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,968thLargest Mining Sector: 8,405thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,908thMost Armed: 11,071stHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,709thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,701stMost Corrupt Governments: 16,482ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,129thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,006thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,492ndMost Primitive: 19,881stMost Pro-Market: 19,966thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,968thMost Conservative: 23,741st
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Velvet Elvis's influence in Founderless rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".

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