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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,166th Largest Retail Industry: 2,680th Fattest Citizens: 3,486th
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The Sands Casino

Population3.533 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, deadly medical pandemics, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.533 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 391 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 48,549th in the world and 8th in The Sands for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 73.8 Workforce Participation Rate.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,166thLargest Retail Industry: 2,680thFattest Citizens: 3,486thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,822ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,004thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,274thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,749thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,860thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,767thMost Avoided: 10,325thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,494thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,630thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,534thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,700thHighest Drug Use: 13,649thNudest: 14,689th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the region

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