by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 762ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,203rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,463rd
The Corporation of
Corporate Bordello Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population6.744 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 barren, inhospitable landscape, digital currency, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 6.744 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 959 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 89,942nd in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 1,772.51 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 762ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,203rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,463rdTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,720thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,737thFattest Citizens: 2,874thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,573rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,931stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,250thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,538thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,899thMost Efficient Economies: 12,172ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,761stMost Inclusive: 14,005thHighest Drug Use: 14,327thMost Stationary: 14,736thHighest Average Incomes: 15,287thHighest Economic Output: 17,512thMost Influential: 17,678thLargest Gambling Industry: 19,212thSmartest Citizens: 19,272ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,964th

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