by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 830th Largest Retail Industry: 1,741st Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,472nd
The Corporation of
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population3.874 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a massive, safe nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, otherworldly petting zoo, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.874 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 4.8%.

The frighteningly efficient distributing economy, worth 460 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 Pizza Delivery. Average income is an impressive 118,812 up-votes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 497,821 per year while the poor average 18,455, a ratio of 27.0 to 1.

The law says it's okay to sell a bomb to a terrorist so long as they promise not to detonate it, Scout campfire sing-a-longs tend to focus on the evils of antitrust legislation, citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers, and court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point. 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 160,042nd in the world and 2nd in The NewsStand for Most Income Equality, scoring 3.71 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 830thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,741stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,472ndFattest Citizens: 4,298thRudest Citizens: 4,442ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,488thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,323rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,940thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,971stMost Rebellious Youth: 7,862ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,276thTop
Highest Drug Use: 10,216thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,538thMost Inclusive: 16,657thMost Pro-Market: 16,985th

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