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Concrete Slab

Population13.589 billion

CapitalStone City
LeaderAlistair Stonesworth

AnimalRed Panda

The Mighty Foundation of Concrete Slab is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Alistair Stonesworth with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 13.589 billion Concrete Slabians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stone City. The average income tax rate is 97.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Concrete Slabian economy, worth a remarkable 3,772 trillion Stones a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 277,647 Stones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, and a flying elephant and Alistair Stonesworth share the same nickname. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Concrete Slab's national animal is the Red Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Concrete Slab is ranked 2,345th in the world and 60th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 97.92 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 405thRudest Citizens: 1,532ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,541stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,618thSmartest Citizens: 2,150thMost Developed: 2,345thLargest Governments: 2,401stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,422ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,677thTop
Highest Food Quality: 3,167thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,261stMost Inclusive: 3,440thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,716thHighest Average Incomes: 3,783rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,841stLowest Crime Rates: 3,869thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,871stHealthiest Citizens: 4,093rdNicest Citizens: 4,100thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,203rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,355thMost Cultured: 4,452ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,775thHighest Economic Output: 5,298thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,525thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,779thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,195thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,328thBest Weather: 6,881stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,952ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,509thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,649thMost Patriotic: 9,109thMost Influential: 9,353rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,923rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,822ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,941stMost Secular: 12,859thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,347thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,517thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14,744thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,451stLargest Retail Industry: 18,942nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionRudest Citizens: 38th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 43rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Governments: 49th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 60th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 65th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 65th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 65th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 71st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 82nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 83rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 85th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 87th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 90th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 93rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 100th in the regionMost Cultured: 101st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 110th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 112th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 122nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 123rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 126th in the regionNicest Citizens: 127th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 127th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 146th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 163rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 165th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 170th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 184th in the regionMost Patriotic: 186th in the regionBest Weather: 209th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 217th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 225th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 244th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 256th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 260th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 279th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 292nd in the regionLargest Populations: 295th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 352nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 422nd in the region

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