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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: Powerbroker

Location: The Sands

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The Sands Casino

Population3.516 billion

Capitalthe poker table
LeaderLady Fortune
Faithgetting rich quick

Currencychip
Animalgambler

The Croupier of The Sands Casino is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lady Fortune with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, frequent executions, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.516 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 390 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 8,794th in the world and 2nd in The Sands for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 41.18 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,172ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,680thFattest Citizens: 3,490thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,806thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,991stHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,264thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,755thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,855thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,794thMost Avoided: 10,318thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,497thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,600thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,555thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,703rdHighest Drug Use: 13,532ndNudest: 14,669th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the region

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