I’m neither a star nor a planet
But my subordinates surround me
They keep my sanity in check
If more were to join, I become pessimistic
If some were to leave I‘m overly optimistic

Who am I? Who are my subordinates?


You are:

The nucleus of an atom.

Your subordinates are:



The stability (sanity) of atoms depends on whether or not their outer-most shell is filled with electrons. Credit - marcellothearcane, in comments.

If more were to join:

You would be negative.

If some were to leave:

You would be positive.

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    $\begingroup$ (N flabalz bs fnavgl vf 'fgnovyvgl', naq vs gur bhgre furyy vf svyyrq jvgu ryrpgebaf, gur ngbz vf fgnoyr.) Could that be it? $\endgroup$ – marcellothearcane Mar 16 '20 at 7:24

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