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Most Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st
The PS2 Puppet of
Authoritarian Democracy
Stop Reading My Motto!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Heliosphere

Population13.543 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The PS2 Puppet of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, humorless population of 13.543 billion Heliospherans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. 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 8,455 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 624,318 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader's Twitcher account is typically used to share Meteor memes rather than government policy, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income, the government builds houses for foreign newcomers, and urban parents tell their children that the family car went to a farm upstate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Heliosphere's national animal is the Meteor, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Heliosphere is ranked 10,678th in the world and 570th in the South Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 89.17 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 18thMost Secular: 22ndHighest Poor Incomes: 31stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 32ndMost Subsidized Industry: 44thSmartest Citizens: 52ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59thMost Beautiful Environments: 103rdLargest Black Market: 122ndHighest Average Incomes: 145thMost Efficient Economies: 200thMost Developed: 286thBest Weather: 301stLongest Average Lifespans: 308thLargest Governments: 356thHighest Average Tax Rates: 363rdMost Corrupt Governments: 427thLowest Crime Rates: 430thMost Inclusive: 500thHealthiest Citizens: 887thHighest Economic Output: 900thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 928thMost Pacifist: 1,145thHighest Food Quality: 1,381stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,409thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,683rdTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4,314thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,038thMost Income Equality: 10,678thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,704thLargest Populations: 22,793rd
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 32nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 33rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 34th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 45th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 89th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 116th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 177th in the regionLargest Populations: 242nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 570th in the regionMost Stationary: 623rd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 711th in the regionNudest: 916th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,015th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,088th in the regionMost Influential: 1,253rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, urban parents tell their children that the family car went to a farm upstate.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the government builds houses for foreign newcomers.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, Leader's Twitcher account is typically used to share Meteor memes rather than government policy.
  • : Heliosphere was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, reflection is vital for badly behaved politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, explosive diarrhoea is not just a colorful phrase.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.

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