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A Slanted Black Stripe was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 119
Largest Publishing Industry: 264thMost Valuable International Artwork: 456thBest Weather: 472nd
The TEP Citizen of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
What color is your stripe?
The Reluctant Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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A Slanted Black Stripe

Population24.56 billion

CapitalSan Francisco
LeaderThe Reluctant Delegate
FaithAll are Welcome


The TEP Citizen of A Slanted Black Stripe is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Reluctant Delegate with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 24.56 billion Slantees enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The medium-sized, socially-minded 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 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Slanted Black Stripean economy, worth a remarkable 4,657 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 189,622 stripenotes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case, the number of students attending university has reached a record high, citizens must have a license to operate a computer, and businesses often fire workers in favour of cheaper automatic systems. 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 205,607th in the world and 8,032nd in The East Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -26.46 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 264thMost Valuable International Artwork: 456thBest Weather: 472ndMost Beautiful Environments: 546thMost Pacifist: 561stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 625thMost Influential: 787thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 806thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,009thNicest Citizens: 1,026thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,075thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,096thMost Developed: 1,265thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,310thHealthiest Citizens: 1,317thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,421stMost Cultured: 1,473rdMost Inclusive: 1,550thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,605thSmartest Citizens: 1,651stHighest Economic Output: 2,060thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,746thMost Stationary: 2,944thSafest: 3,190thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,192ndLargest Populations: 3,802ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,986thLargest Governments: 5,153rdLargest Welfare Programs: 5,383rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,272ndHighest Average Incomes: 7,241stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,262ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,717thTop
Most Secular: 13,059thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,649thMost Efficient Economies: 13,981stLowest Crime Rates: 15,500thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,762nd
Largest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Influential: 29th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 31st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the regionMost Developed: 33rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Cultured: 35th in the regionMost Stationary: 40th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 43rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Inclusive: 63rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 74th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 85th in the regionSafest: 93rd in the regionLargest Governments: 134th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 134th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 165th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 166th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 186th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 190th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 221st in the regionNudest: 342nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 370th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 379th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 438th in the regionMost Secular: 453rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 454th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 724th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 757th in the region

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