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Most Subsidized Industry: 19th Largest Information Technology Sector: 41st Highest Average Incomes: 46th
The Election Commissioner of
Father Knows Best State
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Influence
Vassal
Minister of Regional Affairs / CRS Member
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population7.409 billion

CapitalPandapolis
LeaderSupercomputer 00356

CurrencyPencil shaving
AnimalPencil

The Election Commissioner of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Supercomputer 00356 with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, sprawling nuclear power plants, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.409 billion Pencil Sharpeners 2ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,336 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 720,314 Pencil shavings, with the richest citizens earning 5.7 times as much as the poorest.

The working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, politicians frequently make unusual poses during speeches in hopes of inspiring the next internet fad, and families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain. 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 3,343rd in the world and 96th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 181 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 19thLargest Information Technology Sector: 41stHighest Average Incomes: 46thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 53rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 57thMost Secular: 60thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 92ndLargest Black Market: 109thMost Scientifically Advanced: 115thMost Corrupt Governments: 141stLargest Mining Sector: 149thMost Influential: 162ndLargest Retail Industry: 224thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 224thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 235thHighest Poor Incomes: 282ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 294thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 294thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 298thMost Avoided: 311thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 322ndLargest Governments: 326thMost Advanced Public Transport: 397thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 474thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 479thFattest Citizens: 593rdMost Advanced Public Education: 599thSmartest Citizens: 643rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 831stLargest Insurance Industry: 895thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,072ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,075thHighest Economic Output: 1,177thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,681stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,682ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,302ndMost Cultured: 3,343rdLargest Gambling Industry: 3,637thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,953rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,379thMost Efficient Economies: 5,166thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,710thTop
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Most Armed: 9,380thMost Stationary: 9,591stNudest: 16,039th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 16th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 44th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 61st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 75th in the regionRudest Citizens: 78th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 86th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 96th in the regionMost Cultured: 96th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 106th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 177th in the regionMost Stationary: 193rd in the regionMost Armed: 208th in the regionLargest Populations: 296th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 381st in the regionMost Developed: 602nd in the region

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