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The Croupier of The Sands Casino

“Place your bets, please”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Sands

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The Sands Casino

Population3.903 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

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, compulsory military service, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.903 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 433 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 114,247th in the world and 7th in The Sands for Smartest Citizens, with 25.24 Quips Per Hour.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,179thLargest Retail Industry: 2,661stFattest Citizens: 3,478thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,893rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,988thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,216thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,773rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,990thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,981stLargest Gambling Industry: 10,478thMost Avoided: 10,642ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,994thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,026thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,171stHighest Drug Use: 13,779thNudest: 14,976thMost Pro-Market: 17,177th

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