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Nudest: 2ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thHighest Crime Rates: 14th
The PS2 Puppet of
Anarchy
Stop Reading My Motto!
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Pencil Sharpeners

Population16.384 billion

CapitalPencilpolis
LeaderLeader

CurrencyPencil Shaving
AnimalPencil

The PS2 Puppet of Pencil Sharpeners is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, smutty television, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 16.384 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 91.8 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 38 per year while the poor average 0.3, a ratio of 129 to 1.

Fraternities are notorious for drunken hooliganism, the government prefers to leave the past buried, prices fluctuate manically for no fathomable reason, and a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate. 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 277,440th in the world and 64th in Nudist Dreamland for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -46.15 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Nudest: 2ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thHighest Crime Rates: 14thMost Armed: 20thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 32ndRudest Citizens: 33rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 53rdMost Rebellious Youth: 54thMost Avoided: 56thFattest Citizens: 74thMost Primitive: 126thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 577thMost Politically Free: 1,053rdHighest Drug Use: 1,414thMost Pro-Market: 1,721stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,828thMost Extreme: 2,310thMost Devout: 2,469thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 3,277thMost Inclusive: 3,666thTop
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Largest Populations: 17,990thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 24,164thMost Influential: 24,885th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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, prices fluctuate manically for no fathomable reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government prefers to leave the past buried.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, fraternities are notorious for drunken hooliganism.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, inheritance tax has recently been abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, tourists often cite 'hiding money in an off-shore banking account' as their main reason to visit the nation.

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