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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,481stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,508thLargest Retail Industry: 1,562nd
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The Sands Casino

Population6.613 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 6.613 billion gamblers enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Law & Order and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the poker table. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.8%.

The frighteningly efficient gambling economy, worth 908 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 137,431 chips, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 498,780 per year while the poor average 26,969, a ratio of 18.5 to 1.

Virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in the poker table, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, t-shirts displaying a photo of Lady Fortune performing the Full-Monty are selling out, and Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer. 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 45,312th in the world and 5th in The Sands for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 4,370 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,481stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,508thLargest Retail Industry: 1,562ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,852ndTop
Fattest Citizens: 2,289thHighest Crime Rates: 2,462ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,471stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,695thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,745thMost Avoided: 4,947thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,878thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,048thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,067thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,984thRudest Citizens: 7,098thMost Armed: 7,843rdMost Rebellious Youth: 10,298thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,881stMost Efficient Economies: 13,992ndMost Corrupt Governments: 15,381stHighest Average Incomes: 16,589thMost Cultured: 16,793rdMost Stationary: 18,397thHighest Economic Output: 18,542ndMost Influential: 18,592ndHighest Drug Use: 18,733rdNudest: 19,640thMost Inclusive: 20,747th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the region

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