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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,506thLargest Retail Industry: 1,584thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,622nd
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The Sands Casino

Population6.793 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 6.793 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, with Law & Order and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 3.8%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 933 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 200,681st in the world and 13th in The Sands for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -13.42 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,506thLargest Retail Industry: 1,584thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,622ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,861stTop
Fattest Citizens: 2,300thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,444thHighest Crime Rates: 2,459thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,676thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,698thMost Avoided: 5,066thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,982ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,066thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,148thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,163rdRudest Citizens: 7,427thMost Armed: 7,918thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,285thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,572ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,221stMost Corrupt Governments: 15,753rdHighest Average Incomes: 16,533rdMost Cultured: 16,822ndMost Stationary: 18,089thHighest Economic Output: 18,214thMost Influential: 18,337thHighest Drug Use: 19,110thNudest: 20,542nd
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the region

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