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A Slanted Black Stripe was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 119
Largest Publishing Industry: 275thMost Valuable International Artwork: 481stBest Weather: 484th
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

Population26.022 billion

CapitalSan Francisco
LeaderThe Reluctant Delegate
FaithAll are Welcome


The 894 Billion Cured of A Slanted Black Stripe is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The Reluctant Delegate with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 26.022 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 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Slanted Black Stripean economy, worth a remarkable 4,823 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 185,369 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 547th in the world and 15th in The East Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 5,598.66 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Largest Publishing Industry: 275thMost Valuable International Artwork: 481stBest Weather: 484thMost Beautiful Environments: 547thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 578thMost Pacifist: 621stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 809thMost Influential: 896thMost Rebellious Youth: 997thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,050thNicest Citizens: 1,155thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,198thMost Developed: 1,311thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,330thHealthiest Citizens: 1,331stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,341stMost Cultured: 1,469thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,623rdSmartest Citizens: 1,664thMost Inclusive: 1,710thHighest Economic Output: 2,168thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,616thMost Stationary: 2,820thSafest: 3,063rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,311thLargest Populations: 3,725thLargest Governments: 5,207thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,813thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,105thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,852ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,277thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,773rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,003rdTop
Most Secular: 13,745thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,460thLowest Crime Rates: 14,578thMost Efficient Economies: 14,768thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,511thMost Income Equality: 18,396th
Largest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 17th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Influential: 33rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionMost Cultured: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 38th in the regionNicest Citizens: 38th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 40th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 45th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 52nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Inclusive: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 79th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 89th in the regionSafest: 96th in the regionLargest Governments: 155th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 159th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 194th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 209th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 215th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 233rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 275th in the regionNudest: 355th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 426th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 436th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 437th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 440th in the regionMost Secular: 474th in the regionMost Income Equality: 759th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 765th in the region

World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 262 » Freedom Fascists, Lyontisia, Lanagon, Duracell, Southern Yugoslavia, Trimmania, Goodnamesarerare, Brotherland, Adavan, Wizardonia, Drunken Seal Islands, Unger under over, The Underwood Industrial Empire, Bakaworld, Islandian Free States, 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, Bytes, Am Echad, Kelsyth, Kyrloth, Kyrtizhan, The Almighty Country, Bullpups, Ad Honorem Dei, H-Zhena, Pengnia, Squid Ruinosa, New Birblands, Mundiferrum, Wiranath, Kublam, Tshana, Imperial Akatsuki, Sansangra, and 212 others.Riveraland, Socialist Holy American Empire, Kampf Empire, VW53Aland, Aeljae, Bai Lung, Kelssek, Squarist Republic of Squaria, United China Nation, Traders Republic, Neruch, Nifalembria Zamingstan, The island of Kiria, Our Gods, Adioration, Dragons Blood, Kalaratri, Hizuru, Indrapore, The United Asian Republics, Pekweng, The Death Syndicate, Sojaristan, Abtracnt, Under Upper Antartica, Slongs, Harro Waarudho, Kangarawa, BearStackof2015, New Liberitad, The solar ottomans, Dreamersistan, Enlil, Euricanis, Grossvietnam, Barfleur, La xinga, Iodinia, Servants of Gizmo, Chria Deau, Monteconstance, Amjedia, Empire of Ice Reloaded, New Leganes, Marrabuk, Kilkire, Wolemoer, Rhealaliit, The Empire of Rijelv, Soirwren, Davinhia, Monezambique, North Insomnia, East Malaysia, Enou, Slys Paws, Sen Jast, Dragonia, Headpat Central, Firenation91, Kagorg Bra Corna, Todd McCloud, Tawuse, The Militarius Imperium, Merlovich, Evrigenis, Rainbow Vests, Bharatewa, Interdimensional Waifus, La Isla Nueva, FreedomIand, Arouran, Bachtendekuppen, Yelkinam, Zukchiva, Pakitsk, Ripsylvania, Republic of New India, Fellon, Bzux, Trulu, Tretrid, Staynes, Greater New Cassandra, Distro-Spartica, Lingu, Azureano, Kucia, Tantia, BuciLand, The Three States of Fortuna, Roissyland, Khadah, Mays Austrian Nation, Imprisoned Freeman, Halaethaed Commune, Arkalarius, A mean old man, Santa Dystopia, Survivoristan, Fuflix workers union, Samaltak True, Eastern Hyront Scassen, Stellar Colonies, Volinovia, The Federation of Osea and Yukotobonia, Wisdoms and Knowledges, ArenaC, Dravida India, Royal Hampshire, Republoslavia, Gunov, Layngderfleethe, Tissandra, Coruh, Oofery, Forktoon, Modra, New Cobastheia, Plazland, Roma IV, Centrical Union, Acronis, Greater Frost, Debluu, Nevertopia, Sunsistan, Tassirion, Anarchica landia, Wallenburg, Danelaw Scandinavia, Zeiberland, Dannemarie, Vogar, Eisenhund, Ze Noobalingas, Wakeopolis, CheeseBurrito, Blobbo, Asendavia, 3 14159265358979323846264, Hellod Immury, From New World, Biingus, ReReReRepublic, Rabarbarys, Sudarshan, Cacnesia, Rocie, Beemunism, Arunika, JosheNation, Juliania Secundus, Albrook, Arasakami, Brova, Alttaea, Cellar Doors, Beausylvana, Devlon, CANZUK 1, Constervatania, Clarence-Voslage, Airrajul, Crucifer, Zukish, Lorrana, Chols Worithopia, Adolanta, THE V0ID, Cisdaniria, Zidium, Capitalist Golborne, Shavara, Dahom, Developing World, United Socialist States of Amerika, Shava Pythe, Dorles, Martian States of America, North Bernia, The Bedford Initiative, Hogwarts of muggles, Eastern Alksearia, Obridles, Johor DT, Federation Of Columbian Republics, Espeon LD, Jove Mahmo, Tofoon, Empire of Dabiristan, Rabaconia, Cafe Hell, Vizh, Pirnovo, Argentianworkslasia, West Nagato, Nevretha, Khindu, Kazakistania, Heatherspike, The Kulaata Islands, Spiruvania, Catlovenia, Lueva, Eagas, Blobon, Technocratic Tagalog, Vessarlian, BowPen, Dermsie area, and Eagle Crest.

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