by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 733rd Largest Retail Industry: 1,677th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,380th
The Corporation of
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
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The NewsStand

Population3.552 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.552 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 4.9%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth 419 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, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 118,036 up-votes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 491,491 per year while the poor average 18,530, a ratio of 26.5 to 1.

Children's bedrooms are often decorated with posters of successful accountants, many of the poor live from cradle to grave without ever seeing sunlight, prisoners fit in their parole hearings around their spa treatments, and priceless Maxtopian artwork can often be found in executive bathrooms. Crime is relatively low. 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 16,789th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Most Pro-Market, scoring 76.44 on the Rand Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 733rdTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,677thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,380thFattest Citizens: 4,201stRudest Citizens: 4,405thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,775thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,330thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,996thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,193rdMost Rebellious Youth: 7,814thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,368thHighest Drug Use: 9,609thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,330th

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