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The Please Endorse Back of Pencil Sharpeners 2

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific

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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population9.628 billion

CapitalPandapolis
LeaderPanda Protector
FaithPandism

CurrencyPencil shaving
AnimalPencil

The Please Endorse Back of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Panda Protector with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.628 billion Pencil Sharpeners 2ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pandapolis. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 7,355 trillion Pencil shavings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 764,010 Pencil shavings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hammer and sickle-wielding space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on, souvenir shops that sell alphorns are taking advantage of gullible tourists, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings, and anyone dissenting from the state ideology is declared "mentally ill" and whisked away in a straitjacket. Crime is totally unknown. Pencil Sharpeners 2's national animal is the Pencil, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pandism.

Pencil Sharpeners 2 is ranked 133,021st in the world and 5,036th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -58.33 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 16thMost Subsidized Industry: 22ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 41stHighest Average Incomes: 42ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 54thLargest Information Technology Sector: 61stMost Secular: 64thMost Efficient Economies: 78thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 83rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 88thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 89thLargest Black Market: 105thMost Corrupt Governments: 140thLargest Mining Sector: 145thMost Influential: 195thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 227thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 231stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 246thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 250thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 250thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 254thLargest Retail Industry: 263rdMost Avoided: 297thLargest Governments: 302ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 319thMost Advanced Public Transport: 383rdMost Armed: 418thFattest Citizens: 496thMost Advanced Public Education: 556thSmartest Citizens: 564thHighest Economic Output: 737thLargest Insurance Industry: 925thHighest Average Tax Rates: 935thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,028thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 1,963rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,106thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,729thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,810thMost Cultured: 2,840thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,219thLowest Crime Rates: 3,387thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,719thMost Developed: 3,839thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,019thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,413thMost Stationary: 8,065thTop
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Nudest: 16,662nd
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 55th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 61st in the regionRudest Citizens: 63rd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 74th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 74th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 89th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 97th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 99th in the regionMost Developed: 116th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 137th in the regionMost Stationary: 161st in the regionLargest Populations: 257th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 344th in the region

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