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A Slanted Black Stripe was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 119
Largest Publishing Industry: 273rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 454thBest Weather: 473rd
The 894 Billion Cured of
Left-wing Utopia
What color is your stripe?
The Reluctant Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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A Slanted Black Stripe

Population25.762 billion

CapitalSan Francisco
LeaderThe Reluctant Delegate
FaithAll are Welcome


The 894 Billion Cured of A Slanted Black Stripe is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Reluctant Delegate with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, national health service, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 25.762 billion Slantees are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of San Francisco. The average income tax rate is 92.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Slanted Black Stripean economy, worth a remarkable 4,807 trillion stripenotes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 186,630 stripenotes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned significant others, genetic research is temporarily tied up in government red tape, The Reluctant Delegate is considering changing the Slanted Black Stripean flag to one with more glitter, and hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms. Crime is totally unknown. A Slanted Black Stripe's national animal is the zebra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is All are Welcome.

A Slanted Black Stripe is ranked 2,589th in the world and 74th in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 18,023.72 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Largest Publishing Industry: 273rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 454thBest Weather: 473rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 510thMost Beautiful Environments: 544thMost Pacifist: 605thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 815thMost Influential: 869thMost Rebellious Youth: 998thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,047thNicest Citizens: 1,126thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,170thMost Developed: 1,296thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,315thHealthiest Citizens: 1,319thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,377thMost Cultured: 1,452ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,586thSmartest Citizens: 1,648thMost Inclusive: 1,650thHighest Economic Output: 2,158thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,589thMost Stationary: 2,839thSafest: 3,027thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,175thLargest Populations: 3,738thLargest Governments: 5,114thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,688thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,156thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,852ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,465thHighest Average Incomes: 8,016thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,086thTop
Most Secular: 13,580thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,240thLowest Crime Rates: 14,392ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,722ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,764thMost Income Equality: 19,307th
Largest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Influential: 32nd in the regionMost Cultured: 34th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 34th in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 38th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 39th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Developed: 40th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 46th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 74th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 80th in the regionTop
Safest: 98th in the regionLargest Governments: 148th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 159th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 193rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 199th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 215th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 232nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 248th in the regionNudest: 407th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 420th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 421st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 432nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 463rd in the regionMost Secular: 465th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 764th in the region

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