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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,407thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,504thLargest Retail Industry: 1,670th
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The Sands Casino

Population6.329 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 6.329 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 tiny, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Law & Order, Healthcare, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the poker table. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 849 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 134,268 chips, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 497,188 per year while the poor average 25,532, a ratio of 19.5 to 1.

Violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner, a burger chain recently changed its name to Mack Donaldz for legal reasons, diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat", and the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm. 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 213,218th in the world and 11th in The Sands for Most Income Equality, scoring 5.14 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,407thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,504thLargest Retail Industry: 1,670thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,966thFattest Citizens: 2,301stTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2,436thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,598thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,790thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,876thMost Avoided: 4,699thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,306thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,650thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,061stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,655thMost Armed: 8,365thRudest Citizens: 9,742ndMost Rebellious Youth: 10,002ndTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 14,210thMost Cultured: 16,670thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,019thHighest Average Incomes: 17,637thMost Influential: 18,299thNudest: 18,317thMost Stationary: 18,795thHighest Economic Output: 19,335thHighest Drug Use: 19,780thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,941stMost Inclusive: 20,635thLargest Black Market: 22,796thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,515th
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Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the region

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