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Most Valuable International Artwork: 570thHighest Crime Rates: 2,561stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,765th
The Love Song That Goes On of
Right-wing Utopia Utopia
I knew it as soon as I felt it
Influence
Handshaker
Executive Director
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Some

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Velvet Elvis

Population989 million

Currencyvelvet
Animalexpendable resource

The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its compulsory military service, complete lack of prisons, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 989 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 aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.0%.

The powerhouse Velvet Elvisian economy, worth 79.0 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 6,859th in the world and 1st in Founderless for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 7,060.36 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 570thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2,561stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,765thFattest Citizens: 3,749thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,846thMost Avoided: 5,951stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,859thLargest Retail Industry: 7,576thRudest Citizens: 7,877thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,253rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,671stMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,073rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,211thMost Armed: 10,964thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,188thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,406thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,698thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,055thMost Pro-Market: 19,081stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,087thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,397thMost Primitive: 20,337thMost Rebellious Youth: 20,953rd
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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 regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the region

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