by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 773rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,210thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,516th
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

Population7.247 billion

CapitalGossip Magazine
Leaderthe over-worked news vendor


The Corporation of The NewsStand is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the over-worked news vendor with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.247 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 a remarkable 1,030 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 1,516th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 14,676.85 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 773rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,210thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,516thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,596thRudest Citizens: 2,876thFattest Citizens: 2,935thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,463rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,993rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,261stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,473rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,016thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12,676thMost Efficient Economies: 12,712thMost Stationary: 14,249thMost Inclusive: 14,333rdHighest Average Incomes: 15,366thHighest Economic Output: 16,536thMost Influential: 16,815thHighest Drug Use: 17,889thSmartest Citizens: 19,504thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,332ndLargest Gambling Industry: 20,451st

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