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Highest Poor Incomes: 18th Most Subsidized Industry: 20th Largest Information Technology Sector: 40th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Stop reading my motto!
CRS Member
Civil Rights
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Political Freedom

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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population7.998 billion

LeaderSupercomputer 00356

CurrencyPencil shaving

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Supercomputer 00356 with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, infamous sell-swords, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 7.998 billion Pencil Sharpeners 2ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pandapolis. The average income tax rate is 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,948 trillion Pencil shavings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 743,734 Pencil shavings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support', pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, Pandapolis is a police state during international summits, and at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Supercomputer 00356's wardrobe. Crime is totally unknown. Pencil Sharpeners 2's national animal is the Pencil, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pencil Sharpeners 2 is ranked 172,665th in the world and 7,877th in the South Pacific for Most Inclusive, scoring 7.32 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 18thMost Subsidized Industry: 20thLargest Information Technology Sector: 40thHighest Average Incomes: 42ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44thMost Secular: 61stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 62ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 65thMost Scientifically Advanced: 80thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 82ndLargest Black Market: 98thMost Corrupt Governments: 141stLargest Mining Sector: 154thMost Influential: 173rdRudest Citizens: 202ndLargest Retail Industry: 216thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 219thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 235thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 275thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 285thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 293rdLargest Governments: 297thMost Avoided: 306thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 318thMost Advanced Public Transport: 393rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 453rdMost Advanced Public Education: 523rdSmartest Citizens: 524thFattest Citizens: 551stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 770thLargest Insurance Industry: 927thHighest Average Tax Rates: 963rdHighest Economic Output: 991stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,029thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,282ndTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,376thMost Cultured: 2,828thLowest Crime Rates: 2,992ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,052ndLargest Gambling Industry: 3,888thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,938thMost Efficient Economies: 5,130thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,705thTop
Most Stationary: 9,138thMost Armed: 9,805thMost Average: 14,213thNudest: 14,370th
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 42nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 70th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 75th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 77th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 81st in the regionMost Cultured: 85th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 95th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 137th in the regionMost Stationary: 183rd in the regionMost Armed: 258th in the regionMost Average: 285th in the regionLargest Populations: 287th in the regionNudest: 364th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 634th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 723rd in the region

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