by Max Barry

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The Corporation of The NewsStand

“your one-stop, non-stop news shop”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: The NewsStand


The NewsStand

Population5.183 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 notable for its unlimited-speed roads, free-roaming dinosaurs, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.183 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 615 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 18,011th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Most Pro-Market, scoring 76.78 on the Rand Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 753rdTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,854thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,334thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,937thFattest Citizens: 4,000thRudest Citizens: 4,715thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,911thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,583rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,742ndMost Rebellious Youth: 7,180thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,750thTop
Highest Drug Use: 11,467thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,366thMost Inclusive: 15,959thMost Stationary: 16,810th

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