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Highest Crime Rates: 2,636thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,797thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,509th
The Love Song That Goes On of
Right-wing Utopia
I knew it as soon as I felt it
Influence
Diplomat
Executive Director
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Some

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Velvet Elvis

Population3.188 billion

Currencyvelvet
Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, zero percent divorce rate, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 3.188 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, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.0%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 254 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 2,636th in the world and 5th in Founderless for Highest Crime Rates, with 30.18 crimes per hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,636thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,797thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,509thFattest Citizens: 3,717thMost Avoided: 4,351stMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,452ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,481stRudest Citizens: 7,698thLargest Retail Industry: 7,810thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,360thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,721stLargest Mining Sector: 9,132ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,835thMost Armed: 11,100thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,534thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,519thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,018thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,851stMost Rebellious Youth: 19,123rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,517thMost Primitive: 23,000thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 25,225thMost Pro-Market: 25,715th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Velvet Elvis's influence in Founderless rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Velvet Elvis's influence in Founderless rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Velvet Elvis's influence in Founderless rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Velvet Elvis's influence in Founderless fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".
  • : Velvet Elvis's influence in Founderless rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Velvet Elvis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.

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