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Highest Poor Incomes: 10th Most Subsidized Industry: 20th Highest Average Incomes: 38th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Father Knows Best State
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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population7.809 billion

LeaderSupercomputer 00356

CurrencyPencil shaving

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Supercomputer 00356 with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, infamous sell-swords, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.809 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 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,809 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 743,926 Pencil shavings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Everybody's got wood thanks to Supercomputer 00356, computers have been put in control of the economy to keep computers from controlling the economy, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail, and parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads. 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 5,097th in the world and 95th in the South Pacific for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 10thMost Subsidized Industry: 20thHighest Average Incomes: 38thLargest Information Technology Sector: 42ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 47thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 58thMost Secular: 59thMost Scientifically Advanced: 82ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 84thLargest Black Market: 94thMost Corrupt Governments: 139thLargest Mining Sector: 145thMost Influential: 166thLargest Retail Industry: 198thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 209thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 218thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 267thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 268thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 272ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 295thLargest Governments: 296thMost Avoided: 314thMost Advanced Public Transport: 374thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 474thMost Advanced Public Education: 507thFattest Citizens: 569thSmartest Citizens: 578thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 759thLargest Insurance Industry: 922ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 949thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 984thHighest Economic Output: 1,009thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,553rdTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,300thRudest Citizens: 2,471stLowest Crime Rates: 2,855thMost Cultured: 3,164thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,478thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,566thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,874thMost Efficient Economies: 5,097thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,883rdTop
Most Stationary: 9,227thMost Armed: 13,434thNudest: 14,861st
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 39th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 62nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 72nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 75th in the regionRudest Citizens: 77th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 91st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 95th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 172nd in the regionMost Stationary: 185th in the regionLargest Populations: 289th in the regionNudest: 367th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 399th in the regionMost Developed: 623rd in the region

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