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Most Valuable International Artwork: 566thHighest Crime Rates: 2,556thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,757th
The Love Song That Goes On of
Right-wing Utopia Corrupt Thieving Uneducated Fascist Fundamentalists
I knew it as soon as I felt it
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Handshaker
Executive Director
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Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
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Velvet Elvis

Population983 million

Currencyvelvet
Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its public floggings, zero percent divorce rate, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 983 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 6.0%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 78.5 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 79,833 velvets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 443,592 per year while the poor average 7,202, a ratio of 61.6 to 1.

One-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses, subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes, Merry Birthday is a popular protest song despite the risk of fines and royalty dues, and Jennifer Government is a bestseller. 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 123,969th in the world and 23rd in Founderless for Highest Economic Output, with 78.5 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 566thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2,556thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,757thFattest Citizens: 3,744thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,835thMost Avoided: 5,939thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,851stLargest Retail Industry: 7,565thRudest Citizens: 7,855thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,234thLargest Mining Sector: 8,652ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,046thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,144thMost Armed: 10,966thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,122ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,377thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,665thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,022ndMost Pro-Market: 19,065thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,072ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,363rdMost Primitive: 20,303rdMost Rebellious Youth: 20,926th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the region

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