by Max Barry

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A Slanted Black Stripe was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 119
Largest Publishing Industry: 272ndBest Weather: 476thMost Valuable International Artwork: 487th
The 894 Billion Cured of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise Normal
What color is your stripe?
The Reluctant Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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A Slanted Black Stripe

Population26.164 billion

CapitalSan Francisco
LeaderThe Reluctant Delegate
FaithAll are Welcome


The 894 Billion Cured of A Slanted Black Stripe is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Reluctant Delegate with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 26.164 billion Slantees enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

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 4,849 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 132,416th in the world and 4,818th in The East Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 703.86 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 272ndBest Weather: 476thMost Valuable International Artwork: 487thMost Beautiful Environments: 547thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 598thMost Pacifist: 631stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 806thMost Influential: 927thMost Rebellious Youth: 982ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,050thNicest Citizens: 1,157thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,226thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,300thMost Developed: 1,319thHealthiest Citizens: 1,327thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,345thMost Cultured: 1,467thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,631stSmartest Citizens: 1,660thMost Inclusive: 1,725thHighest Economic Output: 2,169thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,600thMost Stationary: 2,816thSafest: 3,062ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,284thLargest Populations: 3,717thLargest Governments: 5,209thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,792ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,061stHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,829thHighest Average Incomes: 8,356thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,766thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,811thTop
Most Secular: 13,723rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,397thLowest Crime Rates: 14,587thMost Efficient Economies: 14,807thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,287thMost Income Equality: 18,257th
Largest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 17th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionMost Influential: 34th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionMost Cultured: 35th in the regionNicest Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 38th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 39th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 39th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Developed: 42nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 51st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 53rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 69th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 76th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 88th in the regionSafest: 96th in the regionLargest Governments: 154th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 158th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 197th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 204th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 218th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 227th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 294th in the regionNudest: 345th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 424th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 426th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 426th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 447th in the regionMost Secular: 481st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 765th in the regionMost Income Equality: 821st in the region

World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 255 » Freedom Fascists, Lyontisia, Lanagon, Duracell, Southern Yugoslavia, Trimmania, Goodnamesarerare, Brotherland, Adavan, 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, 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, Socialist Holy American Empire, Kampf Empire, VW53Aland, and 205 others.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, Rainbow Vests, Bharatewa, Interdimensional Waifus, La Isla Nueva, FreedomIand, Arouran, Bachtendekuppen, 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, Imprisoned Freeman, 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, Republoslavia, Gunov, Layngderfleethe, Tissandra, Coruh, Oofery, Modra, New Cobastheia, Plazland, Roma IV, Centrical Union, Acronis, Greater Frost, Debluu, Nevertopia, Sunsistan, Tassirion, Anarchica landia, Wallenburg, Danelaw Scandinavia, Zeiberland, Dannemarie, Ze Noobalingas, Wakeopolis, CheeseBurrito, Blobbo, Asendavia, 3 14159265358979323846264, 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, Dorles, Martian States of America, North Bernia, The Bedford Initiative, Hogwarts of muggles, Eastern Alksearia, Obridles, Johor DT, Federation Of Columbian Republics, Jove Mahmo, Tofoon, Empire of Dabiristan, Rabaconia, Cafe Hell, Vizh, Pirnovo, Argentianworkslasia, West Nagato, Heatherspike, The Kulaata Islands, Spiruvania, Catlovenia, Lueva, Eagas, Blobon, Technocratic Tagalog, Vessarlian, BowPen, Dermsie area, Eagle Crest, New Era states, Preat, Dutchessionincotania, Nythi, Aquyia, Maricentria, Tierra Fuego, Aivintis, Veterans Association, Northern Celavon, Remonatracy, and Sapre.

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