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Nudest: 1stHighest Crime Rates: 16thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18th
The PS2 Puppet of
Anarchy
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Corrupted

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Pencil Sharpeners

Population14.108 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 notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 14.108 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 79.0 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.

Most people suffer from some form of hearing loss, foreign leaders who don't applaud Leader's speeches are regarded as enemies of Pencil Sharpeners, all recreational drugs are legal, and many believe that the only good Pencil is a dead Pencil. 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 215,244th in the world and 55th in Nudist Dreamland for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -32.83 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Nudest: 1stHighest Crime Rates: 16thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18thMost Armed: 23rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35thRudest Citizens: 40thMost Ignorant Citizens: 64thMost Avoided: 69thMost Rebellious Youth: 74thFattest Citizens: 94thMost Primitive: 138thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 628thMost Politically Free: 1,341stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,463rdHighest Drug Use: 1,672ndMost Pro-Market: 1,992ndTop
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Most Extreme: 2,441stMost Devout: 3,180thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,455thMost Inclusive: 4,573rdTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 13,789thLargest Populations: 19,531st
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Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, many believe that the only good Pencil is a dead Pencil.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, foreign leaders who don't applaud Leader's speeches are regarded as enemies of Pencil Sharpeners.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the land is famous throughout the region for its rampant lawlessness.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government's only official statement on the burning down of Pencilpolis was that 'they shouldn't have been so careless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father".
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.

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