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The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners 2

“Stop reading my motto!”

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

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: the South Pacific

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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population7.783 billion

CapitalPandapolis
LeaderSupercomputer 00356

CurrencyPencil shaving
AnimalPencil

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Supercomputer 00356 with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.783 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 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,708 trillion Pencil shavings a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 733,492 Pencil shavings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Wildlife have trouble navigating the electric fences surrounding national forests, there is something rotten in the state of Pencil Sharpeners 2, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service, and frequent broken zippers have resulted in safety pins making a fashion comeback. Crime is totally unknown. Pencil Sharpeners 2's national animal is the Pencil, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pencil Sharpeners 2 is ranked 83,169th in the world and 3,988th in the South Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 29.87 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 20thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 43rdHighest Average Incomes: 44thLargest Information Technology Sector: 45thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 45thMost Secular: 56thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 59thHighest Poor Incomes: 76thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 85thLargest Black Market: 100thMost Scientifically Advanced: 108thMost Corrupt Governments: 140thLargest Mining Sector: 148thMost Influential: 168thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 214thLargest Retail Industry: 216thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 236thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 271stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 285thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 287thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 295thLargest Governments: 297thMost Avoided: 315thMost Advanced Public Transport: 394thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 475thMost Advanced Public Education: 530thFattest Citizens: 557thSmartest Citizens: 582ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 771stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 787thLargest Insurance Industry: 955thHighest Average Tax Rates: 966thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,029thHighest Economic Output: 1,047thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 1,715thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,400thLowest Crime Rates: 2,952ndMost Cultured: 3,124thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,553rdLargest Gambling Industry: 3,803rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,163rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,103rdMost Rebellious Youth: 7,349thTop
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Most Stationary: 9,241stMost Armed: 12,057thNudest: 15,249th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 41st in the regionRudest Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 70th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 74th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 83rd in the regionMost Cultured: 91st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 94th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 95th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 181st in the regionMost Stationary: 186th in the regionLargest Populations: 290th in the regionMost Armed: 356th in the regionNudest: 376th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 619th in the region

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