by Max Barry

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A Slanted Black Stripe was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 119
Largest Publishing Industry: 286thMost Valuable International Artwork: 443rdBest Weather: 468th
The TEP Citizen of
Democratic Socialists
What color is your stripe?
The Reluctant Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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A Slanted Black Stripe

Population24.12 billion

CapitalSan Francisco
LeaderThe Reluctant Delegate
FaithAll are Welcome


The TEP Citizen of A Slanted Black Stripe is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Reluctant Delegate with an even hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, ban on automobiles, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 24.12 billion Slantees are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

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 90.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Slanted Black Stripean economy, worth a remarkable 4,584 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 190,075 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 229,589th in the world and 12,828th in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -267.02 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 286thMost Valuable International Artwork: 443rdBest Weather: 468thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 504thMost Beautiful Environments: 546thMost Pacifist: 560thMost Influential: 726thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 808thNicest Citizens: 1,006thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,017thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,033rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,135thMost Developed: 1,328thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,339thHealthiest Citizens: 1,340thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,474thMost Inclusive: 1,509thMost Cultured: 1,509thSmartest Citizens: 1,664thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,691stHighest Economic Output: 2,022ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,905thMost Stationary: 2,990thSafest: 3,342ndLargest Populations: 3,829thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,212thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,609thLargest Governments: 5,323rdLargest Welfare Programs: 5,376thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,713thHighest Average Incomes: 7,350thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,646thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,726thTop
Most Secular: 12,887thMost Efficient Economies: 13,795thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,840thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,882ndLowest Crime Rates: 16,525thNudest: 19,742nd
Largest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 26th in the regionNicest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Developed: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 40th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 45th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Inclusive: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionSafest: 90th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 108th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 122nd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 132nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 138th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 160th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 177th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 179th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 204th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 365th in the regionNudest: 368th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 381st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 403rd in the regionMost Secular: 446th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 456th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 657th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 696th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,099th in the regionLargest Black Market: 1,157th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1,212th in the region

World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 276 » Freedom Fascists, Lyontisia, Lanagon, Duracell, Southern Yugoslavia, Trimmania, Urimel, Goodnamesarerare, Adolanta, Brotherland, Adavan, Wizardonia, Norport, Drunken Seal Islands, Unger under over, The Underwood Industrial Empire, Bakaworld, Survivoristan, Islandian Free States, TethehAlla, Taurora, Ridann, Republic of Berzerkistan, Axdel, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Packilvania, Zang0, Joundia, ReeK, Aihon, Biggstonia, Hobbesistan, Wanabe, Styklelilere, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Cacocu, Asendavia, Bytes, Am Echad, AngusEssa, United States of Daverica, Kelsyth, Kyrloth, Kyrtizhan, The Almighty Country, Proslan, Bullpups, Ad Honorem Dei, H-Zhena, and 226 others.Pengnia, Squid Ruinosa, Illivermorny, New Birblands, Mundiferrum, Wiranath, Kublam, Tshana, Imperial Akatsuki, Sansangra, Republic of Monarchists, Riveraland, Mirasiro, Reftaria, Socialist Holy American Empire, Kampf Empire, VW53Aland, Aeljae, Qui sequuntur somnia, 0KXRg9C5, Bai Lung, Kelssek, Peryn, Haceyou, Arcanama, Tel Mithru, Sufjan Stevens Fans, Blobbo, British Calradia, Swiftwhiskers, Squarist Republic of Squaria, United China Nation, Acheronn, Traders Republic, Cantonese Union, Neruch, Bliacor, Nifalembria Zamingstan, Wallenburg, Chols Worithopia, The island of Kiria, CheeseBurrito, United Nations of Hawklandia, Tuvaltastan, Nouvelle Utopie, Our Gods, Osterreich und Ungarn, TURKEYISM, Mer Dieu, Adioration, Norusura, New Terabithia, Norgsveldet, Dragons Blood, The Holy Utopian Republic, Kalaratri, Hizuru, Kario and Nix, Emberwood Coast, Indrapore, The United Asian Republics, Wersh, Jordanistan22, Goral, Pekweng, Stellar Colonies, America Mjolnir, The Death Syndicate, Sojaristan, Abtracnt, The United Neo American Union, Under Upper Antartica, Slongs, Harro Waarudho, Kangarawa, Liberstankonia, BearStackof2015, New Liberitad, The Solar Ottomans, Broengtopia, Harpiatopia, Dreamersistan, Enlil, Libertanny, Euricanis, Grossvietnam, Barfleur, La xinga, Iodinia, Stanisiti, Matdor, Servants of Gizmo, Anarthoria, Brethren, Chria Deau, Zebrena, United Luka, ArenaC, Monteconstance, Arkantis, Amjedia, Layngderfleethe, Empire of Ice Reloaded, New Leganes, Eagas, Marrabuk, Kilkire, Wolemoer, Rhealaliit, The Empire of Rijelv, Soirwren, Drykoon, Dracacre, Fahrul, Davinhia, Monezambique, Titanomachia, North Insomnia, Puckconnolly, Avalon Ascendancy, Eridue, Dirty Americans, East Malaysia, Enou, Vilit Umanstan, Slys Paws, Sen Jast, Dragonia, Solis Ortis, Headpat Central, The Romanum Legio, Firenation91, Kagorg Bra Corna, Todd McCloud, Tawuse, Someseni, The Militarius Imperium, Merlovich, Evrigenis, Modra, Rainbow Vests, Bharatewa, Morrowine, One Green Nation, Interdimensional Waifus, La Isla Nueva, FreedomIand, The Unity Sisters, Montagne Blanc de Saint George, United Edwards, VernKhalla, Arouran, Habsburg-Lorriane, Win Red, Acronis, Monix, Stumptopia, Bachtendekuppen, Catistania, Yelkinam, Oofeland, Zukchiva, Rage Mage, Great Algerstonia, Sedequia, Kevduxia, Australinea, Pakitsk, Calbee, Ripsylvania, Republic of New India, Fellon, Bzux, Bermadia, Devlon, Quartzland, Trulu, Tretrid, The Eternal Land of Jong, North Gadsden, Ktox, Staynes, Greater New Cassandra, Alexandistan, Distro-Spartica, Vaskeden, White Wolvengrad, Lingu, Coruh, Rohanland, Schrebia, Azureano, Raunch, Kucia, Oruzja, I-America-I, Waldenes, Lilisk, Virgoliaendorses, Austraki, Ily, Tantia, Targystan, The Council of Corporation, Lobos, BuciLand, The Three States of Fortuna, Peoples Republic of GG, Sokala, Nisias, Roissyland, Aivintis, Jakubonia, Quinto Piano, Khadah, Oofery, Woodsind, Mays Austrian Nation, Puelo, San Castillo, Eudinity, Moszce-Walvard, The Brazillian Parlament Of Idideology, Didusland, The Atlae Isles, and Tseriesiscoming.

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