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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,178th Largest Retail Industry: 2,655th Fattest Citizens: 3,483rd
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The Sands Casino

Population3.891 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.891 billion gamblers are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the poker table. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.0%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 431 trillion chips a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 110,951 chips, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 540,484 per year while the poor average 13,125, a ratio of 41.2 to 1.

Chess defeat has made Lady Fortune the laughingstock of dictators and grandmasters alike, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace', court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, and citizens are prohibited from raising their voice above thirty decibels in commercial districts. Crime is moderate. 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 103,763rd in the world and 8th in The Sands for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 1,185.35 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,178thLargest Retail Industry: 2,655thFattest Citizens: 3,483rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,900thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,995thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,200thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,770thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,021stTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,002ndLargest Gambling Industry: 10,490thMost Avoided: 10,647thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,006thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,004thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,133rdHighest Drug Use: 13,772ndNudest: 14,967thMost Pro-Market: 17,190th

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