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The Eternal Misfortune of Heliosphere

“Stop Reading My Motto!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Heliosphere

Population14.308 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The Eternal Misfortune of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, unlimited-speed roads, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.308 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, 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 9,250 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 646,556 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

An aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life, and fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers. 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 13,880th in the world and 383rd in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 5,954.15 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2ndMost Secular: 17thMost Scientifically Advanced: 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: 179thBest Weather: 249thMost Developed: 254thLongest Average Lifespans: 273rdLargest Governments: 301stHighest Average Tax Rates: 312thLowest Crime Rates: 330thMost Corrupt Governments: 399thMost Inclusive: 479thHighest Economic Output: 768thHealthiest Citizens: 797thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 803rdMost Pacifist: 941stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,059thHighest Food Quality: 1,284thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,140thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,163rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,271stMost Income Equality: 11,371stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,880thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,199thMost Authoritarian: 21,599thLargest Populations: 22,364thMost Influential: 27,819th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 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 Pacifist: 25th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 43rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 63rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 112th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 119th in the regionLargest Populations: 226th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 383rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 399th in the regionMost Income Equality: 473rd in the regionMost Stationary: 553rd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 581st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1,035th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : 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.

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