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Highest Crime Rates: 2,462ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,766thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,801st
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Velvet Elvis

Population529 million

Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its deadly medical pandemics, compulsory military service, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 529 million Velvet Elvisians are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 41.1 trillion velvets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Average income is 77,709 velvets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 432,509 per year while the poor average 6,984, a ratio of 61.9 to 1.

You can call your arthritic immigrant neighbour for all your roof-tiling and guttering needs, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens, safe drinking water is considered a luxury, and good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to Leader. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Velvet Elvis's national animal is the expendable resource, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Velvet Elvis is ranked 223,836th in the world and 95th in Founderless for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 93.38 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 2,462ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,766thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,801stFattest Citizens: 3,869thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,760thMost Avoided: 6,225thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,645thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,356thLargest Mining Sector: 8,451stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,524thRudest Citizens: 8,957thLargest Retail Industry: 9,053rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,678thMost Armed: 10,329thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,889thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,431stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,940thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,633rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,244thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,260thMost Pro-Market: 19,456thMost Primitive: 20,963rdMost Rebellious Youth: 21,536th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the region

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