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Most Subsidized Industry: 23rd Highest Poor Incomes: 24th Largest Information Technology Sector: 43rd
The Minister of Regional Affairs of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Minister of Regional Affairs / CRS Member
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Pencil Sharpeners 2

Population7.208 billion

LeaderSupercomputer 00356

CurrencyPencil shaving

The Minister of Regional Affairs of Pencil Sharpeners 2 is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Supercomputer 00356 with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, pith helmet sales, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.208 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 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Pencil Sharpeners 2ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,142 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 713,450 Pencil shavings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Pencil Sharpeners 2ians, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, and grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving. 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 167,659th in the world and 7,301st in the South Pacific for Safest, scoring 2.92 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Subsidized Industry: 23rdHighest Poor Incomes: 24thLargest Information Technology Sector: 43rdHighest Average Incomes: 49thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 51stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 54thMost Secular: 66thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 71stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 92ndLargest Black Market: 110thMost Scientifically Advanced: 123rdMost Corrupt Governments: 146thLargest Mining Sector: 148thMost Influential: 153rdLargest Retail Industry: 230thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 233rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 238thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 277thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 289thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 318thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 321stMost Avoided: 334thLargest Governments: 337thMost Advanced Public Transport: 407thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 494thMost Advanced Public Education: 586thFattest Citizens: 638thSmartest Citizens: 690thLargest Insurance Industry: 878thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 889thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,061stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,116thHighest Economic Output: 1,234thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,289thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,108thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,849thLowest Crime Rates: 3,249thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,547thMost Cultured: 3,698thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,451stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,680thMost Efficient Economies: 5,240thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,017thTop
Most Stationary: 9,829thHighest Drug Use: 10,825thMost Armed: 14,550th
Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionRudest Citizens: 66th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 69th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 85th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 88th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 99th in the regionMost Cultured: 110th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 131st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 173rd in the regionMost Stationary: 201st in the regionLargest Populations: 308th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 344th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 400th in the regionMost Developed: 622nd in the region

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