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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,461stMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,525thLargest Retail Industry: 1,572nd
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The Sands Casino

Population6.393 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 remarkable for its frequent executions, ritual sacrifices, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 6.393 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 receive no funds. 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 878 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 193,803rd in the world and 8th in The Sands for Most Devout, with 7.45 Prayers Per Hour.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,461stMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,525thLargest Retail Industry: 1,572ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,832ndTop
Fattest Citizens: 2,281stHighest Crime Rates: 2,321stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,408thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,654thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,739thMost Avoided: 4,890thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,734thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,053rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,176thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,027thRudest Citizens: 7,031stMost Armed: 7,873rdMost Rebellious Youth: 10,093rdTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,925thMost Efficient Economies: 14,038thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,346thMost Cultured: 16,134thHighest Average Incomes: 16,683rdHighest Drug Use: 18,364thMost Influential: 18,460thMost Stationary: 18,724thHighest Economic Output: 18,888thNudest: 18,915thMost Inclusive: 20,419th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the region

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