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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,229th Largest Retail Industry: 2,690th Fattest Citizens: 3,615th
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The Sands Casino

Population3.132 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 notable for its museums and concert halls, deadly medical pandemics, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.132 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, corrupt, 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 6.3%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 343 trillion chips a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 109,618 chips, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 537,908 per year while the poor average 12,785, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

Dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, Lady Fortune is refusing to make decisions until the Moon is out of Capricorn, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons, and the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone. 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 138,122nd in the world and 13th in The Sands for Safest, scoring 35.06 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,229thLargest Retail Industry: 2,690thFattest Citizens: 3,615thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,554thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,137thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,423rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,482ndTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,836thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,466thMost Avoided: 10,681stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,024thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,244thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,720thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,785thHighest Drug Use: 13,337thNudest: 14,952ndMost Pro-Market: 16,577th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the region

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