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Most Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd
The Eternal Misfortune of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Stop Reading My Motto!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Nuke Control Cards

Heliosphere

Population14.29 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The Eternal Misfortune of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.29 billion Heliospherans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 9,242 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 646,752 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, holiday light displays just aren't the same without seizure-inducing strobe effects, the diplomatic corps stinks, and people can get away with murder these days. 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 166,296th in the world and 7,368th in the South Pacific for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 378.74 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 17thMost Secular: 17thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30thHighest Poor Incomes: 33rdMost Subsidized Industry: 41stSmartest Citizens: 43rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 56thMost Beautiful Environments: 90thLargest Black Market: 116thHighest Average Incomes: 127thMost Efficient Economies: 180thBest Weather: 249thMost Developed: 257thLongest Average Lifespans: 274thLargest Governments: 301stHighest Average Tax Rates: 312thLowest Crime Rates: 334thMost Corrupt Governments: 399thMost Inclusive: 486thHighest Economic Output: 769thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 804thHealthiest Citizens: 806thMost Pacifist: 946thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,057thHighest Food Quality: 1,298thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,174thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,158thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,268thMost Income Equality: 11,088thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,816thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,145thMost Authoritarian: 20,178thLargest Populations: 22,359thMost Influential: 28,378th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 44th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 65th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 110th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 119th in the regionLargest Populations: 226th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 382nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 397th in the regionMost Income Equality: 458th in the regionMost Stationary: 554th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 584th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 966th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, people can get away with murder these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the diplomatic corps stinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, holiday light displays just aren't the same without seizure-inducing strobe effects.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, taking hostages is a great way to influence government policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, formerly internationally exported goods are now given away for free.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.

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