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The Corporation of The NewsStand

“your one-stop, non-stop news shop”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: The NewsStand

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The NewsStand

Population6.776 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor
FaithMoney

Currencyup-vote
Animalshelf-browser

The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, digital currency, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 6.776 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 963 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 27,903rd in the world and 2nd in The NewsStand for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 5,578.53 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 760thLargest Retail Industry: 1,210thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,477thTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,705thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,744thFattest Citizens: 2,886thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,573rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,941stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,239thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,549thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,943rdMost Efficient Economies: 12,187thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,705thMost Inclusive: 14,057thHighest Drug Use: 14,518thMost Stationary: 14,701stHighest Average Incomes: 15,290thHighest Economic Output: 17,429thMost Influential: 17,652ndLargest Gambling Industry: 19,247thSmartest Citizens: 19,251stMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,964th

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