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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th
The PS2 Puppet of
Democratic Socialists
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Heliosphere

Population10.277 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The PS2 Puppet of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its teetotalling pirates, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, humorless population of 10.277 billion Heliosphereans 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 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 5,389 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 524,398 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', and foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies. Crime is totally unknown. Heliosphere's national animal is the Meteor, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Heliosphere is ranked 67,440th in the world and 2,107th in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 313 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5thMost Secular: 27thHighest Poor Incomes: 37thMost Scientifically Advanced: 46thMost Subsidized Industry: 52ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 58thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 82ndSmartest Citizens: 131stLargest Black Market: 195thMost Beautiful Environments: 213thHighest Average Incomes: 249thMost Efficient Economies: 330thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 419thMost Developed: 511thLongest Average Lifespans: 586thLargest Governments: 646thHighest Average Tax Rates: 662ndMost Corrupt Governments: 681stBest Weather: 821stMost Inclusive: 1,041stLowest Crime Rates: 1,263rdHighest Economic Output: 1,685thHealthiest Citizens: 1,765thTop
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Most Pacifist: 2,886thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,475thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,541stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,807thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,719thMost Income Equality: 9,530th
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1%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 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: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 32nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 32nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 40th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 46th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 62nd in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 117th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 130th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 164th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 219th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 223rd in the regionLargest Populations: 287th in the regionMost Income Equality: 359th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 859th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 867th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.

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