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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,181st Largest Retail Industry: 2,664th Fattest Citizens: 3,484th
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The Sands Casino

Population3.914 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ubiquitous missile silos, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.914 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 434 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 21,830th in the world and 2nd in The Sands for Most Inclusive, scoring 133.05 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,181stLargest Retail Industry: 2,664thFattest Citizens: 3,484thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,898thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,015thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,214thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,793rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,007thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,960thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,513thMost Avoided: 10,669thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,029thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,046thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,222ndHighest Drug Use: 13,795thNudest: 14,979thMost Pro-Market: 17,190th

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