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Nudest: 1st Highest Crime Rates: 24th Most Armed: 32nd
The Eternal Misfortune of
Anarchy
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Pencil Sharpeners

Population8.609 billion

CapitalPencilpolis
LeaderLeader

CurrencyPencil Shaving
AnimalPencil

The Eternal Misfortune of Pencil Sharpeners is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, hatred of cheese, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 8.609 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 48.2 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 44 per year while the poor average 0.2, a ratio of 260 to 1.

Surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again, the nation's historic treasures have been sold off to Maxtopia's "Museum of Pencil Sharpener Artifacts That They're Too Stupid to Appreciate", and biology and religious education classes have recently been merged. 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 32,537th in the world and 974th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 73 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Nudest: 1stHighest Crime Rates: 24thMost Armed: 32ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 35thRudest Citizens: 44thMost Ignorant Citizens: 84thFattest Citizens: 142ndMost Rebellious Youth: 149thMost Primitive: 193rdMost Avoided: 674thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 746thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 902ndMost Politically Free: 1,403rdHighest Drug Use: 1,530thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,174thMost Devout: 3,165thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,255thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,841stMost Extreme: 4,165thMost Pro-Market: 5,339thMost Inclusive: 7,322ndTop
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Most Stationary: 8,110thMost Influential: 12,964th
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Nudest: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Primitive: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 12th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 19th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 57th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 68th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 70th in the regionMost Extreme: 103rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 132nd in the regionMost Stationary: 157th in the regionLargest Populations: 240th in the regionMost Inclusive: 258th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, biology and religious education classes have recently been merged.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the nation's historic treasures have been sold off to Maxtopia's "Museum of Pencil Sharpener Artifacts That They're Too Stupid to Appreciate".
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, Leader is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue".
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, the government's only official statement on the burning down of Pencilpolis was that 'they shouldn't have been so careless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pencil Sharpeners, drowning sailors are hung out to dry.

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