by Max Barry

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,171st Largest Retail Industry: 2,701st Fattest Citizens: 3,475th
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The Sands Casino

Population3.927 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and notable for its absence of drug laws, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.927 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 435 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 32,578th in the world and 2nd in The Sands for Highest Economic Output, with 435 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,171stLargest Retail Industry: 2,701stFattest Citizens: 3,475thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,907thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,034thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,219thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,791stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,056thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,927thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,525thMost Avoided: 10,694thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,023rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,079thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,223rdHighest Drug Use: 13,725thNudest: 14,894thMost Pro-Market: 17,214th

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