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To be a worthy nation here on earth, there are certain qualities that are essential.

  1. It must establish its own unique Identity
  2. The nation must be able to maintain Order
  3. It must have checks and balances that are suitably Paired
  4. Finally, it must, without a doubt, be...

    What?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 enter image description here
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 enter image description here
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 enter image description here
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 enter image description here
33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 enter image description here
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 enter image description here


Any perceived omission(s) are intentional and necessary for the puzzle to work; they do not constitute a clue.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is it intentional that the eighth number on each line is pushed to the next line? $\endgroup$ – Arnaud Mortier Mar 11 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ That might only be on mobile; it does not appear that way on my computer @ArnaudMortier $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 11 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not on a mobile. And the zoom is set at 100%. $\endgroup$ – Arnaud Mortier Mar 11 at 13:45
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    $\begingroup$ Not intentional, it may have to do with different monitors DPI settings, perhaps? Suffice it to say that the numbers are there only for reference: first picture on top row is #1, last on 2nd row is #16, etc. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Mar 11 at 14:07
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1. It must establish its own unique Identity

These are the lower 48 US states. some are rotated. I have Identified them in the reordered list below to avoid posting several 48-row lists.

2. The nation must be able to maintain Order

I have rearranged them to reflect the Order they joined the Union:
list number - abbreviated state, union join number, color, rotation 19 - DE 1 black 180 18 - PA 2 white 180 12 - NJ 3 black 90 37 - GA 4 white 90 27 - CT 5 black 0 32 - MA 6 white 90 30 - MD 7 black 0 08 - SC 8 white 90 36 - NH 9 black 0 44 - VA 10 white 90 24 - NY 11 black 90 21 - NC 12 black 180 41 - RI 13 white 90 02 - VT 14 white 0 28 - KY 15 white 0 20 - TN 16 black 270 47 - OH 17 black 180 23 - LA 18 white 180 45 - IN 19 black 90 15 - MS 20 black 180 46 - IL 21 white 90 31 - AL 22 black 90 43 - ME 23 black 90 29 - MO 24 white 180 38 - AR 25 black 180 35 - MI 26 white 0 26 - FL 27 black 90 25 - TX 28 white 180 48 - IA 29 black 180 09 - WI 30 white 90 13 - CA 31 black 180 16 - MN 32 black 90 33 - OR 33 black 90 11 - KS 34 white 180 05 - WV 35 black 180 22 - NV 36 black 90 17 - NE 37 black 180 34 - CO 38 white 90 10 - ND 39 black 0 04 - SD 40 white 180 06 - MT 41 black 90 14 - WA 42 white 180 39 - ID 43 black 180 01 - WY 44 black 0 03 - UT 45 black 90 40 - OK 46 white 90 42 - NM 47 black 180 07 - AZ 48 black 90

3. It must have checks and balances that are suitably Paired

The original layout comes into play here. There are 6 rows of 8 - exactly 6 bytes of binary. Now, we see why AK and HI were omitted. The word Paired refers to this binary interpretation, with black as 0 and white as 1:
01010101 01001110 01001001 01010100 01000101 01000100

4. Finally, it must, without a doubt, be...

United.
That's the resulting word when translating the binary directly to text.

P.S. If anyone knows how to more cleanly show that list, feel free.

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  • $\begingroup$ These are a couple of steps in the right direction, though I wouldn't worry too much about rotation; this was just a childish way to partially disguise what the images represented. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Mar 12 at 12:16
  • $\begingroup$ BTW, how did you (correctly) Identify WY and CO even though they have exactly the same shape? I guess you had a 50-50 chance, anyway. :) $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Mar 12 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ Haha, I had left them as either/or in my scrap, but after looking closely at a map, I noticed that Colorado is just a bit wider that Wyoming. I'll be revisiting step 3 in a few minutes when I get to my desk $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 12 at 12:23
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    $\begingroup$ I have to stop reading my answer ... every time I look, I have to change something else hahaha $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 12 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Matt Of course! Otherwise the coincidence would be cuh-razy!! :) $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Mar 12 at 18:12

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