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The PS2 Puppet of Pencil Sharpeners

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Nudist Dreamland

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Pencil Sharpeners

Population11.811 billion

CapitalPencilpolis
LeaderLeader

CurrencyPencil Shaving
AnimalPencil

The PS2 Puppet of Pencil Sharpeners is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, hatred of cheese, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 11.811 billion Pencil Sharpeners live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals keep a keen eye out for any attempt to organize such a thing, and ruthlessly crush it. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pencilpolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The imploded Pencil Sharpener economy, worth 66.1 billion Pencil Shavings a year, defies classification, with the entire state effectively one black market. Average income is 5 Pencil Shavings, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 37 per year while the poor average 0.3, a ratio of 118 to 1.

One lone government employee can be seen hunting for the elusive stray white dog, the public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, and Pencil is one of the most popular forenames in Pencil Sharpeners. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pencil Sharpeners's national animal is the Pencil, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pencil Sharpeners is ranked 11,122nd in the world and 2nd in Nudist Dreamland for Most Pro-Market, scoring 96.11 on the Rand Index.

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Nudest: 1stHighest Crime Rates: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27thMost Armed: 35thRudest Citizens: 56thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 63rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 77thFattest Citizens: 115thMost Rebellious Youth: 120thMost Primitive: 184thMost Avoided: 485thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 697thMost Politically Free: 1,339thHighest Drug Use: 1,555thTop
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Most Devout: 3,081stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,303rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,454thMost Inclusive: 5,744thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10,784thMost Extreme: 11,116thMost Pro-Market: 11,122ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,640th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, Pencil is one of the most popular forenames in Pencil Sharpeners.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, one lone government employee can be seen hunting for the elusive stray white dog.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, it's a marvellous night for a moon dance as the sparks on your home start to rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, many are questioning Leader wearing an Eckie-Ecola baseball cap during a keynote speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists.

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