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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 820thLargest Retail Industry: 1,589thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,855th
The Corporation of
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
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The NewsStand

Population5.77 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, free-roaming dinosaurs, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.77 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 4.4%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth 725 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 Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 125,689 up-votes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 624,404 per year while the poor average 14,312, a ratio of 43.6 to 1.

The government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, convicted conmen and fraudsters often leave prison to enter a career in politics, and fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. 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 26,516th in the world and 2nd in The NewsStand for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 5,255.14 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 820thLargest Retail Industry: 1,589thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,855thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,046thRudest Citizens: 3,054thFattest Citizens: 3,200thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,433rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,442ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,745thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,662ndMost Rebellious Youth: 7,178thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 9,991stMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,275thHighest Drug Use: 11,362ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,940thMost Pro-Market: 12,508thMost Avoided: 12,722ndMost Inclusive: 14,738thMost Stationary: 15,819thMost Influential: 16,356thMost Efficient Economies: 17,097thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,669th

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