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The Croupier of The Sands Casino

“Place your bets, please”

Category: Capitalizt
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Regional Influence: Power

Location: The Sands


The Sands Casino

Population6.597 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick


The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 6.597 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 Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. 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 906 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 78,017th in the world and 11th in The Sands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 1,840 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,467thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,500thLargest Retail Industry: 1,563rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,836thTop
Fattest Citizens: 2,293rdHighest Crime Rates: 2,440thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,461stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,686thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,735thMost Avoided: 4,945thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,862ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,042ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,052ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,986thRudest Citizens: 7,111thMost Armed: 7,847thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,282ndTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,899thMost Efficient Economies: 13,994thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,395thHighest Average Incomes: 16,608thMost Cultured: 16,830thMost Stationary: 18,414thHighest Drug Use: 18,578thHighest Economic Output: 18,590thMost Influential: 18,621stNudest: 19,532ndMost Inclusive: 20,768th
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost 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 regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the region

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