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Highest Crime Rates: 2,465thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,759thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,787th
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Velvet Elvis

Population510 million

Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its frequent executions, digital currency, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 510 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, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 39.6 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 127,697th in the world and 32nd in Founderless for Largest Black Market, with 241 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Crime Rates: 2,465thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,759thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,787thFattest Citizens: 3,874thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,127thMost Avoided: 6,237thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,674thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,323rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,513thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,561stRudest Citizens: 8,973rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,086thMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,756thMost Armed: 10,312thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,850thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,540thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,931stMost Corrupt Governments: 16,724thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,222ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,218thMost Pro-Market: 19,413thMost Primitive: 21,056thMost Rebellious Youth: 21,596th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the region

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