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The Terrifying dictatorship of Helix Labs

“ALL HAIL KRAKEN” GLaDOS

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific

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Helix Labs

Population6.988 billion

CapitalHelix Labs City
LeaderGLaDOS

CurrencyCredit
AnimalDire Wolf

The Terrifying dictatorship of Helix Labs is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by GLaDOS with an iron fist, and notable for its teetotalling pirates, free-roaming dinosaurs, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 6.988 billion Helixians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Helix Labs City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 42.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Helixian economy, worth a remarkable 1,499 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 214,535 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 933,997 per year while the poor average 31,190, a ratio of 29.9 to 1.

Anti-riot police are dispatched whenever two elderly ladies gather to complain that prices have increased, ghost regiments exist only on paper, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, and the government spends billions to protect Helix Labs from a disaster that is one in a million. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Helix Labs's national animal is the Dire Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Helix Labs is ranked 115,754th in the world and 5,896th in The North Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 44 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 456thMost Influential: 830thLargest Insurance Industry: 878thLargest Retail Industry: 1,196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,456thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 1,962ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,293rdLargest Black Market: 2,792ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,100thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,279thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,584thMost Avoided: 3,663rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,791stLargest Mining Sector: 3,947thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,080thHighest Average Incomes: 4,677thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,115thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,315thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,732ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,821stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,879thMost Efficient Economies: 6,119thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,897thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,977thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,091stMost Secular: 8,341stTop
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Highest Economic Output: 8,952ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,866thLowest Crime Rates: 11,028thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,567thLargest Governments: 13,149th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 52nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 66th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 73rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 92nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 95th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 99th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 106th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 120th in the regionMost Avoided: 121st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 140th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 156th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 161st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 169th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 195th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 202nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 221st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 232nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 250th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 275th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 277th in the regionMost Influential: 297th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 330th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 336th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 395th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 427th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 427th in the regionMost Secular: 433rd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 553rd in the regionLargest Populations: 597th in the regionMost Stationary: 608th in the regionLargest Governments: 629th in the region

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