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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 773rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,209thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,519th
The Corporation of
Corporate Bordello
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population7.234 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.234 billion distributors are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gossip Magazine. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth a remarkable 1,029 trillion up-votes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 142,265 up-votes, with the richest citizens earning 7.5 times as much as the poorest.

The government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash, parents are shocked to find out that having kids costs money, vaccinations are mandatory, and schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention. Crime is totally unknown. 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 16,832nd in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Most Influential, scoring 2,396 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 773rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,209thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,519thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,615thRudest Citizens: 2,883rdFattest Citizens: 2,935thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,478thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,009thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,271stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,487thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,037thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12,663rdMost Efficient Economies: 12,720thMost Stationary: 14,251stMost Inclusive: 14,333rdHighest Average Incomes: 15,383rdHighest Economic Output: 16,589thMost Influential: 16,832ndHighest Drug Use: 17,705thSmartest Citizens: 19,515thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,366thLargest Gambling Industry: 20,551st

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