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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,211th Largest Retail Industry: 2,714th Fattest Citizens: 3,539th
The Croupier of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Place your bets, please
Influence
Powerbroker
Manager
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Sands Casino

Population3.383 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.383 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, corrupt, 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 6.3%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 370 trillion chips a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 109,618 chips, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 537,908 per year while the poor average 12,785, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

Dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, Lady Fortune is refusing to make decisions until the Moon is out of Capricorn, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons, and the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone. 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 4,406th in the world and 1st in The Sands for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 6,829.6 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,211thLargest Retail Industry: 2,714thFattest Citizens: 3,539thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,406thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,956thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,283rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,354thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,365thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,898thMost Avoided: 10,468thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,836thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,942ndLargest Gambling Industry: 11,330thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,730thHighest Drug Use: 12,898thNudest: 14,265thMost Pro-Market: 15,912th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the region

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