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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,092ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,461stLargest Retail Industry: 1,717th
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The Sands Casino

Population7.271 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 7.271 billion gamblers enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Law & Order, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the poker table. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.9%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth a remarkable 1,006 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 138,416 chips, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 496,961 per year while the poor average 27,622, a ratio of 18.0 to 1.

A commonwealth of equal nations recognises that The Sands Casino is a bit more equal than the others, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of The Sands Casino's mid-life crisis, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to The Sands Casino as a reminder of their "special relationship", and psychological disorders are a taboo subject. 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 1,717th in the world and 1st in The Sands for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 26,604.25 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,092ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,461stLargest Retail Industry: 1,717thFattest Citizens: 1,883rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,120thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,185thHighest Crime Rates: 2,192ndTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,368thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,602ndMost Avoided: 4,529thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,681stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,877thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,481stRudest Citizens: 7,053rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,176thMost Armed: 7,809thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,719thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,759thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 13,588thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,641stMost Cultured: 16,410thHighest Average Incomes: 16,721stHighest Drug Use: 17,136thHighest Economic Output: 17,161stMost Influential: 17,297thMost Stationary: 17,423rdMost Inclusive: 20,395th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the region

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