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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd
The PS2 Puppet of
Democratic Socialists
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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Heliosphere

Population11.537 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalCow

The PS2 Puppet of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, ubiquitous missile silos, and smutty television. The compassionate, humorless population of 11.537 billion Heliospherans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense 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 Heliospheran economy, worth a remarkable 6,527 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 565,795 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The deceased are buried mostly to hide them from state-sanctioned corpse-collectors, grannies with arthritic hands work miserably on factory production lines, primary candidates are replaced if they fail to compliment Leader's hair, and tourists outnumber citizens two to one. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Heliosphere's national animal is the Cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Heliosphere is ranked 219,274th in the world and 7,126th in the South Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -13.39 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rdMost Secular: 21stMost Scientifically Advanced: 28thMost Subsidized Industry: 38thHighest Poor Incomes: 41stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 60thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 62ndSmartest Citizens: 83rdMost Beautiful Environments: 156thLargest Black Market: 170thHighest Average Incomes: 188thMost Efficient Economies: 256thMost Developed: 403rdLongest Average Lifespans: 442ndLargest Governments: 478thHighest Average Tax Rates: 488thBest Weather: 524thMost Corrupt Governments: 535thLowest Crime Rates: 651stMost Inclusive: 786thHighest Economic Output: 1,280thHealthiest Citizens: 1,315thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,567thMost Pacifist: 1,867thHighest Food Quality: 2,106thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,653rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,769thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,738thMost Income Equality: 10,039thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,119th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Inclusive: 37th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 50th in the regionMost Pacifist: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 72nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 72nd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 136th in the regionLargest Populations: 278th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 314th in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 429th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 698th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, tourists outnumber citizens two to one.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, primary candidates are replaced if they fail to compliment Leader's hair.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, grannies with arthritic hands work miserably on factory production lines.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the deceased are buried mostly to hide them from state-sanctioned corpse-collectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, trespassers entering Leader's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, teachers are dying as they attempt to read 500 word essays without pausing for breath.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.

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