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Nudest: 1st Highest Crime Rates: 23rd Most Armed: 30th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Anarchy
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Pencil Sharpeners

Population9.155 billion

CapitalPencilpolis
LeaderLeader

CurrencyPencil Shaving
AnimalPencil

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its feral children, enforced nudity, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 9.155 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 keep a keen eye out for any attempt to organize such a thing, and ruthlessly crush it. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pencilpolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The imploded Pencil Sharpener economy, worth 51.3 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 229 to 1.

Eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries, and Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget. 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, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pencil Sharpeners is ranked 175,786th in the world and 7,993rd in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring -53.76 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Nudest: 1stHighest Crime Rates: 23rdMost Armed: 30thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31stRudest Citizens: 46thMost Ignorant Citizens: 89thFattest Citizens: 135thMost Rebellious Youth: 142ndMost Primitive: 204thMost Avoided: 626thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 694thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 829thMost Politically Free: 1,356thHighest Drug Use: 1,559thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,435thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,215thMost Devout: 3,314thMost Extreme: 4,155thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,224thMost Pro-Market: 5,698thMost Inclusive: 6,475thMost Stationary: 7,770thTop
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Most Influential: 12,673rd
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Nudest: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Primitive: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 16th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 16th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 19th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 46th in the regionMost Devout: 61st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 83rd in the regionMost Extreme: 95th in the regionMost Stationary: 149th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 178th in the regionLargest Populations: 233rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 234th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 741st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, interest in globalism never flags.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, fraternities are notorious for drunken hooliganism.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, it is illegal for a parent to tell a child to stop eating their boogers.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports.

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