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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,208th Largest Retail Industry: 2,668th Fattest Citizens: 3,524th
The Croupier of
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The Sands Casino

Population3.7 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.7 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 410 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 162,829th in the world and 11th in The Sands for Most Income Equality, scoring 2.43 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,208thLargest Retail Industry: 2,668thFattest Citizens: 3,524thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,772ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,033rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,269thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,741stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,855thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,719thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,262ndMost Avoided: 10,492ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,813thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,722ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,795thHighest Drug Use: 13,551stNudest: 14,635thMost Pro-Market: 16,540th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the region

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