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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th
The PS2 Puppet of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Heliosphere

Population9.586 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The PS2 Puppet of Heliosphere is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, vat-grown people, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.586 billion Heliosphereans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heliosphere City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Heliospherean economy, worth a remarkable 4,811 trillion Novas 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology and Cheese Exports. 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 501,960 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, the government has stated an intention to min-max its stats for 'teh pwnage', the diplomatic corps stinks, and frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security. Crime is totally unknown. Heliosphere's national animal is the Meteor, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Heliosphere is ranked 193,846th in the world and 7,097th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -88.33 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6thMost Secular: 24thHighest Poor Incomes: 45thMost Scientifically Advanced: 52ndMost Subsidized Industry: 56thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 63rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 103rdSmartest Citizens: 170thLargest Black Market: 218thMost Beautiful Environments: 253rdHighest Average Incomes: 301stMost Efficient Economies: 380thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 550thMost Developed: 629thLongest Average Lifespans: 723rdMost Corrupt Governments: 730thHighest Average Tax Rates: 784thLargest Governments: 785thBest Weather: 1,083rdMost Inclusive: 1,491stHighest Economic Output: 1,935thLowest Crime Rates: 2,038thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,426thMost Pacifist: 4,658thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,769thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,399thMost Income Equality: 8,694thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 11,536thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,842ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,130thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,879th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 35th in the regionBest Weather: 41st in the regionMost Inclusive: 53rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 61st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 113th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 166th in the regionMost Pacifist: 167th in the regionLargest Populations: 288th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 313th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 328th in the regionMost Income Equality: 375th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 551st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 606th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the diplomatic corps stinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the government has stated an intention to min-max its stats for 'teh pwnage'.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, on-duty Air Heliosphere flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, a few immigrants are better than no immigrants according to Leader.
  • : Heliosphere was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the secret service is working overtime to find anyone publishing unauthorized material about Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.

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