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Highest Poor Incomes: 5th Most Subsidized Industry: 20th Highest Average Incomes: 40th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Vassal
Minister of Regional Affairs / CRS Member
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population7.623 billion

CapitalPandapolis
LeaderSupercomputer 00356

CurrencyPencil shaving
AnimalPencil

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Supercomputer 00356 with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, aversion to nipples, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.623 billion Pencil Sharpeners 2ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized 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 99.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,664 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 743,072 Pencil shavings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast, dictionary sales have hit an all-time high, and political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads. 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 87th in the world and 4th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,407.96 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 5thMost Subsidized Industry: 20thHighest Average Incomes: 40thLargest Information Technology Sector: 41stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 46thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 56thMost Secular: 57thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 80thMost Scientifically Advanced: 87thLargest Black Market: 94thLargest Mining Sector: 140thMost Corrupt Governments: 144thMost Influential: 166thLargest Retail Industry: 201stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 214thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 222ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 248thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 271stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 272ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 300thMost Avoided: 301stLargest Governments: 308thMost Advanced Public Transport: 340thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 458thMost Advanced Public Education: 531stFattest Citizens: 550thSmartest Citizens: 607thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 732ndLargest Insurance Industry: 952ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 978thHighest Average Tax Rates: 983rdHighest Economic Output: 1,046thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,748thRudest Citizens: 1,925thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,385thLowest Crime Rates: 3,085thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,091stMost Cultured: 3,162ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,581stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,871stMost Efficient Economies: 5,170thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,082ndTop
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Most Stationary: 9,360thMost Armed: 10,835thNudest: 13,959th
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 56th in the regionRudest Citizens: 58th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 74th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 80th in the regionMost Cultured: 90th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 93rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 95th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 143rd in the regionMost Stationary: 189th in the regionMost Armed: 285th in the regionLargest Populations: 293rd in the regionNudest: 341st in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 613th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 694th in the region

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