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The Sands Casino

Population6.829 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 6.829 billion gamblers enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Law & Order and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the poker table. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.8%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 938 trillion chips a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 137,431 chips, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 498,780 per year while the poor average 26,969, a ratio of 18.5 to 1.

Virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in the poker table, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, t-shirts displaying a photo of Lady Fortune performing the Full-Monty are selling out, and Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Sands Casino's national animal is the gambler, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is getting rich quick.

The Sands Casino is ranked 2,443rd in the world and 1st in The Sands for Highest Crime Rates, with 29.95 Crimes Per Hour.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,499thLargest Retail Industry: 1,574thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,663rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,850thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2,294thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,430thHighest Crime Rates: 2,443rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,667thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,682ndMost Avoided: 5,064thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,964thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,095thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,175thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,186thRudest Citizens: 7,425thMost Armed: 7,914thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,256thTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,536thMost Efficient Economies: 14,220thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,797thHighest Average Incomes: 16,546thMost Cultured: 16,811thMost Stationary: 18,050thHighest Economic Output: 18,140thMost Influential: 18,165thHighest Drug Use: 19,558thMost Inclusive: 20,719th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the region

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