by Max Barry

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Nudest: 1st Highest Crime Rates: 25th Most Armed: 37th
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

Population7.914 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 notable for its rum-swilling pirates, unlimited-speed roads, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 7.914 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 44.3 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 42 per year while the poor average 0.2, a ratio of 208 to 1.

City sidewalks are crowded with overweight people, the government has completely eliminated all childcare programs, the nation's countrysides are littered with landmines due to ongoing family disputes, and thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses. 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 frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pencil Sharpeners is ranked 4,764th in the world and 129th in the South Pacific for Most Devout, with 3,295.37 Prayers Per Hour.

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Nudest: 1stHighest Crime Rates: 25thMost Armed: 37thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40thRudest Citizens: 48thMost Ignorant Citizens: 99thFattest Citizens: 164thMost Rebellious Youth: 170thMost Primitive: 205thMost Avoided: 813thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 874thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,013thMost Politically Free: 1,390thHighest Drug Use: 1,513thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 3,330thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,557thMost Extreme: 3,851stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4,425thMost Devout: 4,764thMost Pro-Market: 5,200thTop
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Most Inclusive: 8,224thMost Stationary: 8,730thMost Influential: 13,294th
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Nudest: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 13th in the regionMost Avoided: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 26th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 55th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionMost Extreme: 74th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 105th in the regionMost Devout: 129th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 129th in the regionMost Stationary: 167th in the regionMost Inclusive: 294th in the regionLargest Populations: 308th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 682nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the nation's countrysides are littered with landmines due to ongoing family disputes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government has completely eliminated all childcare programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, city sidewalks are crowded with overweight people.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, economic output is rising as the chronically depressed are persuaded not to burden society.
  • : 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 merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, hit and run driving is no longer a crime - it's the national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, closed universities are currently being converted into MacDonald's restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.

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