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The PANDA of Pencil Sharpeners 2

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific


Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population10.676 billion

LeaderPanda Protector

CurrencyPencil shaving

The PANDA of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Panda Protector with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, vat-grown people, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 10.676 billion Pencil Sharpeners 2ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt 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 99.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 8,570 trillion Pencil shavings a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 802,809 Pencil shavings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,719,502 per year while the poor average 63,638, a ratio of 74.2 to 1.

The secret ingredient is love (and MSG), students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money, and you can say what you like about the genocidal murderers that rule Pencil Sharpeners 2 but at least the trains run on time. 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 28,530th in the world and 838th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 75.09 on the Human Development Index.

Most Subsidized Industry: 21stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30thHighest Average Incomes: 35thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 52ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 53rdMost Efficient Economies: 63rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 73rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 76thMost Secular: 78thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 97thLargest Black Market: 100thMost Corrupt Governments: 111thMost Influential: 120thMost Scientifically Advanced: 130thRudest Citizens: 135thLargest Mining Sector: 141stLargest Retail Industry: 181stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 181stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 201stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 204thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 205thLargest Governments: 246thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 248thMost Avoided: 255thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 274thFattest Citizens: 336thMost Armed: 374thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 398thMost Advanced Public Transport: 452ndSmartest Citizens: 469thMost Advanced Public Education: 586thHighest Economic Output: 591stLargest Insurance Industry: 824thHighest Average Tax Rates: 939thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,010thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,219thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,305thMost Cultured: 2,043rdTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,130thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,658thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,659thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,049thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,100thLowest Crime Rates: 5,387thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,459thMost Stationary: 7,610thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,642ndTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,292ndHighest Drug Use: 17,297th
Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 22nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 29th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 56th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 65th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 81st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 112th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 154th in the regionMost Stationary: 157th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 159th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 179th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 241st in the regionLargest Populations: 261st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 355th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 417th in the regionNudest: 474th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 750th in the region

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