by Max Barry

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

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Heliosphere

Population14.296 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The Eternal Misfortune of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, complete lack of prisons, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.296 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, well-organized government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 9,245 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 646,701 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Extreme political groups are outlawed, brazen mayors claim official expenses to pay for their drug habits, the most common doctor's prescription is "get out of my consulting room", and jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration. 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 254th in the world and 14th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 99.54 on the Human Development 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: 32ndMost Subsidized Industry: 41stSmartest Citizens: 43rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 56thMost Beautiful Environments: 89thLargest Black Market: 118thHighest Average Incomes: 127thMost Efficient Economies: 180thBest Weather: 248thMost Developed: 254thLongest Average Lifespans: 273rdLargest Governments: 301stHighest Average Tax Rates: 312thLowest Crime Rates: 333rdMost Corrupt Governments: 398thMost Inclusive: 480thHighest Economic Output: 768thHealthiest Citizens: 796thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 800thMost Pacifist: 941stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,060thHighest Food Quality: 1,292ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,113thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,167thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,272ndMost Income Equality: 11,081stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,851stTop
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Most Authoritarian: 18,811thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,164thLargest Populations: 22,363rdMost Influential: 27,927th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 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: 6th 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 regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 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: 43rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 62nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 111th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 119th in the regionLargest Populations: 226th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 391st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 396th in the regionMost Income Equality: 455th in the regionMost Stationary: 553rd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 583rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 904th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the most common doctor's prescription is "get out of my consulting room".
  • : Heliosphere was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, brazen mayors claim official expenses to pay for their drug habits.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, extreme political groups are outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the Meteor is a protected species.
  • : 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.

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