by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 714th Largest Retail Industry: 1,845th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,296th
The Corporation of
Anarchy Post-Revolution Embryonic Society
your one-stop, non-stop news shop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The NewsStand

Population5.14 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 irreverence towards religion, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.14 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 610 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 18,100th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Most Developed, scoring 77.36 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 714thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,845thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,296thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,887thFattest Citizens: 3,953rdRudest Citizens: 4,699thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,889thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,559thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,720thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,126thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,764thTop
Highest Drug Use: 11,474thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,291stMost Inclusive: 15,967th

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