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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,171st Largest Retail Industry: 2,626th Fattest Citizens: 3,483rd
The Croupier of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Place your bets, please
Influence
Powerbroker
Manager
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Sands Casino

Population3.563 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, irreverence towards religion, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.563 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 395 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 13,587th in the world and 4th in The Sands for Highest Drug Use, scoring 105.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,171stLargest Retail Industry: 2,626thFattest Citizens: 3,483rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,795thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,953rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,261stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,735thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,809thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,689thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,306thMost Avoided: 10,350thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,670thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,604thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,666thHighest Drug Use: 13,587thNudest: 14,640thMost Pro-Market: 16,845th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the region

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