by Max Barry

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,221st Largest Retail Industry: 2,687th Fattest Citizens: 3,573rd
The Croupier of
Compulsory Consumerist State
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The Sands Casino

Population3.161 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.161 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 346 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 6,460th in the world and 2nd in The Sands for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 102,712.59 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,221stLargest Retail Industry: 2,687thFattest Citizens: 3,573rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,606thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,089thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,438thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,460thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,875thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,490thMost Avoided: 10,656thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,058thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,223rdLargest Gambling Industry: 11,733rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,817thHighest Drug Use: 13,475thNudest: 14,938thMost Pro-Market: 16,741st
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the region

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