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The PANDA of Pencil Sharpeners 2

“Stop Reading My Motto!”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific


Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population11.153 billion

LeaderPanda Protector

CurrencyPencil shaving

The PANDA of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Panda Protector with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 11.153 billion Pencil Sharpeners 2ians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

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 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 9,154 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 820,774 Pencil shavings, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,719,773 per year while the poor average 40,834, a ratio of 140 to 1.

Every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Pandapolis, and formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming. 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 3,609th in the world and 94th in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 3,111.01 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Subsidized Industry: 21stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 33rdHighest Average Incomes: 34thMost Efficient Economies: 46thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 54thMost Secular: 61stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 77thLargest Information Technology Sector: 79thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 97thMost Scientifically Advanced: 98thLargest Black Market: 101stMost Corrupt Governments: 105thRudest Citizens: 119thLargest Mining Sector: 138thLargest Retail Industry: 148thMost Influential: 153rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 164thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 185thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 197thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 202ndMost Avoided: 237thLargest Governments: 238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 241stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 277thFattest Citizens: 282ndMost Armed: 328thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 356thSmartest Citizens: 439thMost Advanced Public Transport: 474thHighest Economic Output: 540thMost Advanced Public Education: 611thLargest Insurance Industry: 719thLargest Gambling Industry: 745thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 752ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 986thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,351stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,396thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,847thMost Cultured: 2,036thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,185thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,071stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,609thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,328thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,732ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,309thLowest Crime Rates: 7,237thMost Stationary: 7,472nd
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 27th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 32nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 49th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 51st in the regionMost Cultured: 55th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 83rd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 94th in the regionMost Stationary: 154th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 160th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 201st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 207th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 235th in the regionLargest Populations: 258th in the regionTop
Nudest: 497th in the region

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