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  1. You're in a country which contains thousands of soldiers whom never fight.
  2. You take the 1st number of the name of this country, and subtract lines of 7.
  3. Under the square tree's stump.
  4. You take this number and find a corresponding key.
  5. You go down soh, left stx and concatenate the first key with this one.
  6. You are here. What have you made it to?

You can find previous puzzles here:

Where did you end up? [Part 1]

Where did you end up? [Part 2!]

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean by 'You take the 1st number of the name of this country, and subtract lines of 7'? Is the name a word or a string of digits? When you say 'You go down soh, left stx', what does 'soh' and 'stx' mean? $\endgroup$ – Scott Lawson Nov 18 '14 at 23:55
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    $\begingroup$ SOH and STX are control characters in ASCII. $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Nov 19 '14 at 0:05
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Maybe it is:

Switzerland (CH) Congo (CD)

Explanation:

  • If the army is the Terracotta Army in China we take the first letter "C" with the ASCII code of 67.
  • Minus 7 we got 60. The ASCII-code (or 'line number') of "7" is 55.
  • 67 - 55 = 12
  • The square root of 60 12 is something like 7.74596669241 3.46410161514, but let's round it to 3
  • ASCII code 3 is the ETX(End of Text).
  • SOH (Start of Header) is 1 and STX (Start of Text) is 2.
  • If I look at the ASCII table and go 1 down and 2 right I find the letter "H" "D"
  • concatenate both letters it's CD which is the code for congo

Edit:

After reading the comments it should be

Hawaii (HI)

This is confimred by the OP:

  • The army is the Terracotta Army in China so we take the first letter "C" with the ASCII code of 67.
  • Minus 3, because a "7" on a digital board has 3 lines
  • The square root of 64 is 8

So the rest of the Explantation could be:

  • the 8th letter on a Keyboard would be the "I"
  • SOH (Start of Header) is 1 and STX (Start of Text) is 2.
  • If we look on the keyboard at the letter "I" and go 1 down and 2 left I find the letter "H"
  • In the comments the OP said "H" woulde be the first letter of the concatenation so it's "HI", which stands for the state Hawaii

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A variation of Yvonne's answer:

Burkina Faso?

Explanation, following the steps of the question:

1. You're in a country which contains thousands of soldiers who[m] never fight.

This is the Terracotta Army, so the country is China.

2. You take the 1st number of the name of this country, and subtract lines of 7.

The first letter of 'China' is 'C', which has ASCII code 67. The number of "lines" in the number 7 printed on a digital board is 3. Subtract 3 from 67 to get 64.

3. Under the square tree's stump.

Take the square root of 64 to get 8.

everything down to here has been confirmed by the OP

4. You take this number and find a corresponding key.

The 8th letter key on a (QWERTY) keyboard is 'I'.

5. You go down soh, left stx and concatenate the first key with this one.

SOH (Start of Header) is 1 and STX (Start of Text) is 2, in ASCII code. Start from the I key on your keyboard; go 1 down and 2 left to get to the letter 'G' (or 'H', depending on whether you go down-left or down-right). Concatenate this with the first key to get IG.

6. You are here. What have you made it to?

The town of Ig, Slovenia.

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  • $\begingroup$ OH MAN THIS IS SO FREAKING CLOSE. Lines of 7. Think hard on that, don't think of it as on paper. Here's a hint; Lines of 1 would be 2, lines of 8 would be 7. :D $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 0:20
  • $\begingroup$ It's 3 lines, @rand. That makes it an even sqrt (64) = 8. $\endgroup$ – Travis Don Kindred Nov 23 '14 at 2:40
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking - Have I got it right now? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 23 '14 at 10:44
  • $\begingroup$ @TravisKindred - Thanks! Want to join the fun with this riddle? :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 23 '14 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ Wow... You've got up to under the square trees stump (clue 3) finished right! But you've got to find a corresponding key. Don't give up, you're over halfway through! You'll make it. :D $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 12:12

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