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Nudest: 2nd Highest Crime Rates: 24th Most Armed: 35th
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Pencil Sharpeners

Population8.235 billion


CurrencyPencil Shaving

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, unlimited-speed roads, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 8.235 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 is solely concerned with Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pencilpolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The imploded Pencil Sharpener economy, worth 46.1 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 43 per year while the poor average 0.2, a ratio of 234 to 1.

Disaster victims are viewed with disdain, a popular Pencil Sharpener saying is 'wishing upon a fallen jet engine', the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, and dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming. 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.

Pencil Sharpeners is ranked 25,024th in the world and 272nd in the South Pacific for Largest Populations, with 8.23 billion Capita.

Nudest: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 24thMost Armed: 35thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 37thRudest Citizens: 53rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 95thFattest Citizens: 160thMost Rebellious Youth: 165thMost Primitive: 202ndMost Avoided: 803rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 854thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 979thMost Politically Free: 1,420thHighest Drug Use: 1,535thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,354thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,359thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,878thMost Extreme: 4,386thMost Devout: 4,839thMost Pro-Market: 5,556thMost Inclusive: 7,889thMost Stationary: 8,446thTop
Most Influential: 13,074th
Nudest: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionMost Primitive: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 33rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 64th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 77th in the regionMost Extreme: 91st in the regionMost Devout: 114th in the regionMost Stationary: 163rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 177th in the regionLargest Populations: 272nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 288th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 663rd in the regionMost Influential: 693rd in the region

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