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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,168th Largest Retail Industry: 2,671st Fattest Citizens: 3,478th
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The Sands Casino

Population3.522 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 remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.522 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 390 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 159,939th in the world and 15th in The Sands for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 5.96 Effective Tax Rate.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,168thLargest Retail Industry: 2,671stFattest Citizens: 3,478thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,806thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,988thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,254thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,743rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,862ndTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,767thMost Avoided: 10,296thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,474thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,577thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,531stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,664thHighest Drug Use: 13,546thNudest: 14,648th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the region

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