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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,745thLargest Retail Industry: 1,852ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,923rd
The Croupier of
Compulsory Consumerist State
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Influence
Power
Manager
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Sands Casino

Population5.631 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.631 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 Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the poker table. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 671 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 Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 119,172 chips, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 547,320 per year while the poor average 15,744, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

Games of cops and robbers typically end in at least one fatal shooting, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed, and bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, 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 13,381st in the world and 2nd in The Sands for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 34.76 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,745thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 1,852ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,923rdFattest Citizens: 2,777thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,541stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,652ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,930thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,116thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,957thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,913thMost Avoided: 7,936thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,921stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,476thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,282ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,381stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,574thNudest: 14,759thMost Armed: 17,355thMost Influential: 17,490thHighest Crime Rates: 17,619th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Sands Casino was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : The Sands Casino lodged a message on the The Sands Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sands Casino, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sands Casino, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sands Casino, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sands Casino, games of cops and robbers typically end in at least one fatal shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sands Casino, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists.
  • : The Sands Casino lodged a message on the The Sands Regional Message Board.
  • : The Sands Casino was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sands Casino, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves.

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