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The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis

“I knew it as soon as I felt it”

Category: Right-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Some

Location: Founderless

Regional Influence: Truckler

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The Love Song That Goes On of Velvet Elvis is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its digital currency, zero percent divorce rate, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 800 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 63.9 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 72,011th in the world and 20th in Founderless for Most Extreme, scoring 23.23 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 392ndTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2,519thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,760thFattest Citizens: 3,730thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,850thMost Avoided: 5,944thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,799thLargest Retail Industry: 7,554thRudest Citizens: 7,721stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,008thLargest Mining Sector: 8,631stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,173rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,538thMost Armed: 11,209thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,032ndTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 16,467thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,865thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,132ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,089thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,184thMost Pro-Market: 19,470thMost Primitive: 21,228thMost Rebellious Youth: 21,413th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the region

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