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Nudest: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 18thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th
The PS2 Puppet of
Anarchy
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Pencil Sharpeners

Population13.494 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 renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, complete lack of prisons, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 13.494 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 75.6 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.

Access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery, there's a mortuary next to every Pencil Sharpener restaurant, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings, and brazen mayors claim official expenses to pay for their drug habits. 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 155th in the world and 2nd in Nudist Dreamland for Most Primitive, scoring 521.96 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Nudest: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 18thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19thMost Armed: 25thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 39thRudest Citizens: 47thMost Ignorant Citizens: 68thMost Rebellious Youth: 80thFattest Citizens: 103rdMost Primitive: 155thMost Avoided: 347thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 629thMost Politically Free: 1,347thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,582ndHighest Drug Use: 1,632ndMost Pro-Market: 2,021stMost Extreme: 2,201stTop
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Most Devout: 3,177thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,470thMost Inclusive: 4,620thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 14,437thLargest Populations: 19,996th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, brazen mayors claim official expenses to pay for their drug habits.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, there's a mortuary next to every Pencil Sharpener restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, a chain of pubs that cater solely to children has recently been unveiled.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government has certified several glow-in-the-dark athletes as drug free.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, it is a silent spring in Pencil Sharpeners.
  • : 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, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.

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