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The Barely Awake of Concrete Slab

“Nemo autem stabit en via” Ben Shapiro

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific


Concrete Slab

Population3.353 billion

CapitalStone City
LeaderBen Shapiro

AnimalRed Panda

The Barely Awake of Concrete Slab is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Ben Shapiro with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic population of 3.353 billion Concrte Slabians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stone City. The average income tax rate is 81.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Concrete Slabian economy, worth 633 trillion Stones a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 188,865 Stones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy', and shady doctors seem to have impeccable records. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Concrete Slab's national animal is the Red Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Concrete Slab is ranked 4,617th in the world and 145th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 92.65 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 299thMost Influential: 452ndTop
Rudest Citizens: 3,988thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,573rdMost Developed: 4,617thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,757thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,272ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,733rdSmartest Citizens: 6,154thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,306thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,529thLargest Governments: 6,655thHighest Average Incomes: 6,670thMost Cultured: 7,115thHealthiest Citizens: 7,126thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,397thLowest Crime Rates: 7,445thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7,854thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,929thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,871stMost Efficient Economies: 9,087thBest Weather: 9,603rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,609thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,887thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,355thMost Inclusive: 11,369thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,575thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,910thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,921stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,931stMost Secular: 11,970thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,001stLargest Welfare Programs: 13,198thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,076th
Most Influential: 19th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 122nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 125th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 126th in the regionMost Developed: 145th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 147th in the regionLargest Governments: 162nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 168th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 176th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 189th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 191st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 194th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 200th in the regionMost Cultured: 202nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 205th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 212th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 225th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 225th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 232nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 232nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 243rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 277th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 282nd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 296th in the regionBest Weather: 306th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 314th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 343rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 370th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 371st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 406th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 407th in the regionMost Secular: 408th in the regionMost Inclusive: 411th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 429th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 480th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 516th in the regionMost Stationary: 532nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Concrete Slab, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in Concrete Slab, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy'.
  • : Concrete Slab lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Concrete Slab lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Concrete Slab lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Concrete Slab, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Concrete Slab, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel.
  • : Following new legislation in Concrete Slab, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Following new legislation in Concrete Slab, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war.
  • : Concrete Slab lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 278 » Quiescent, The Solar System Scope, Anachronolandia, Pamela And Hepatitis, Farengeto, Democratic Republic of Palmyra, Havenfell, Si-topia, Nova Montron, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Kiasu-ism, Qaweritoyu, Tsunamy, Darakin, Sandaoguo, WTP All the good names are taken, Kringalia, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Jehenna, Erinor, Aidenfieeld, Auphelia, Drugged Monkeys, KIROVET, Lambdaland, The Two Jerseys, Soem, Ancient Slobovia, FreeFishers, Iristead, Tsvetania, Hanguk-Nippon, Centristvill, Rebel-topia, Wyatonians, Vincent Field, Belschaft, Aywhyou, La Ascension, Escevola, Lotadia, Paranoia, Linguiniland, Sedunn, Curlyhoward, PEPEP, Commonwealth Of Astoria, Calistan, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Pax Dracon, and 228 others.Techganet, Lost And Found, Noire Denholm, Trinennie, Nankyoku Tairiku, Crabius, Sthalrim, Seanadia, Utondara, The ColdWyvernian Undead, Seliyan progressive Islands, Asdfghuiop, PASTIR, East Sakhlin, Lightmare, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Kobehia, Oxsania, Avalonica, Linden Oak, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Rhetiaa, Walloonia, Uncastania, Immund, Paenoa, RestartAll, Ridehale, Nowa Europa, Kerlodia, The naked people, Luddinlande, St Oaks, Theorin, Brendleton, Teachian, Saciu, Soul Har, Janapuri, No moking, Hajland, New Briantown, Lioniel, Cypheri, Jaxon, Drystar, Republic Archi, Madhonia, Deharra, Catalunya Unida, Silberne Wache, Naphina, Lumpov Hasch, Poopisiya, Freedwanda, Three Rivia Levr, Bergenu, Moreana, Vos Dothrak, Bandorion, Reptilians from the Alternate Earth, Cacoethesa, The United Expanse, Center Lisle, City States Nation, Bod Wareenaland, Nyfinest128, North Anatnom, Abarri, Great Andora, Eastern Nyan, Dankstergrad, Nothanksbutseriously, Yellunstryer, Mantas Meow, Aguatania, Wehraboos, Memeland12, Festdidgea, Crystal Creation, Democratic Parndia, Holy Chimerland, Aumeltopia, The Imperial Frost Federation, Beepee, The Derpy Democratic Republic Of Herp, Isokenzar, Elveka, UnShleepd, Grimsby town, Corgitopiaa, Barabarom, Lincoln Village, Camante, Lester Crest, Towi Lamia, The National Corporation, South Poleande, Mirutania, United Qwebland, Agalaesia, Shengtie, Third League of New Kent, USNE2018, Atomic Garden, Mryasia, RAgusta, Namat Sta, East India Kompany, Awjan, North Kanuckistan, Lichenitza, A Frog Dimension, Phanama, Cuuldere, Xandev, Republitank, Lorora3, Floofoland, Rabbitz, Myr Nyr, Kandorith, Whimichy, Herbert Island, Laluna Isle, Volaworand, Ariankido, Darbor, Sanden, Stoniamera, Pulaski Republic, Wese Zippopiteradgil, Maeiland, Chetsinia, Blue Topaz, Illinoisan, Spearos, SHAYTAN UKHIROSS, Aurcania, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Shema Mitzvah, Qvait, Zess, Uncomfortable nooks and crannies, Fronyald, Birdkeeper, Amerion, A leftover country, Lan Inton, Virgindale, Land Without Shrimp, North Erfton, Ratoninburg, Ostanasia, Anarchosistan, North Catimestistrianes, Akindom, State of Iowa, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, United Bosland, Jahass, Choodox, Academy of Umbrellas, Republic Clovakh, Strokov, Staubsaugen, Viertes deutsches Koalitionsreich, Amutien, Dereistic, Revanial, P R of China, The Dizonids, Cairfield, New Juan Carlos Land, Teedemous, Dasko, Cantoron, The Brand New Salvatagard Republic, Zhelenitsa, Serkostan, German Hapsburg, Pays de Loire, The Filippinas, Qawe, Sesteran, Churumduul, Novagentum, Milvands, Changolandia, Upper Tyrconnel, The West Valley Mountains, Mew Nation, Aveerya, Edula, Beegees, PenguinPies, Wild Space, Great Africans, Naam, World United, Hyypia, Lakalvesoman, Oceanfront, United Federated States of Omega, Negoshi, Higash, Westoc Kinness, Srevana, Ttyxious, Zaelith, Laropsa, Vishnya Islands, Jennaterra, The Sk8ing Unicorn, Bedain, Oreo States, BootJack, Ave Gloriana, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Kuddles, South Whitica, Great Allabre, Ketathinamiri Islands, The Iron Marauders, Bomamani, Imperial Duck, Solega, and Omiri.

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