A country’s economy affects its citizens in the same way a winning score in soccer affects the confidence of the players and audience watching. Never mind the score not being an accurate indicator of the quality of actual gameplay and in economic terms, not a reliable indicator of what goes on in reality. Neither will a repeat score be derived from identical gameplay. The economic value of humanity is not defined by numbers, but by the strength of its renewability.
Or, as the saying goes,
“Not everything that can be counted, can be counted on.”
To give you an example, the leadership position of the United States on the global scale of economics measured by GDP is delivered by a hydrocephalus of finance (investing in itself) to the tune of eleven times the size of production (quote by a Presidential advisor, 2008).
A fragile and hardly renewable foundation we frequently boast about and promulgate to the world as the economic excellence to replicate. We and the rest of the world believe, bow down to and are affected by those accolades, without seriously questioning what gameplay spawned such metrics.
Hence the citizens of a country and the world are affected by the manmade make-believe of “its economy” in all the ways the suspense of disbelief is.