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Highest Crime Rates: 2,465thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,762ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,792nd
The Federation of
Right-wing Utopia
I knew it as soon as I felt it
Executive Director
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Velvet Elvis

Population504 million

Animalexpendable resource

The Federation of Velvet Elvis is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its digital currency, complete lack of prisons, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 504 million 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, pro-business government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 39.2 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 77,709 velvets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 432,509 per year while the poor average 6,984, a ratio of 61.9 to 1.

You can call your arthritic immigrant neighbour for all your roof-tiling and guttering needs, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens, safe drinking water is considered a luxury, and good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to Leader. 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 4,514th in the world and 5th in Founderless for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 98.29 Bank.

Highest Crime Rates: 2,465thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,762ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,792ndFattest Citizens: 3,882ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,514thMost Avoided: 6,239thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,666thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,333rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,513thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,581stRudest Citizens: 8,983rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,077thMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,719thMost Armed: 10,296thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,861stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,525thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,928thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,726thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,220thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,201stMost Pro-Market: 19,392ndMost Primitive: 21,079thMost Rebellious Youth: 21,606th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the region

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