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Everyone else did most of the brilliant deduction and have some insights into the hints that got us here (e.g. conversion mistake) but here is what may be closer to a final answer? You are the First, beg for the most positive among the stables Now you can do the second, beg for the independent. Now you can do the third, beg for the overlappable. Now you ...

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Partial Answer (mostly complete except for the subtle&moderate hints): following the hints by Jens and Stiv, the three are (it also explains Decisive Hint 4): Critical Hint: I will explain the 7 things in order, and talk about the hints when they become relevant in the discussion. The seven things referred to in the text are and their symbols are ...

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Apparently the country intended is The numerator is clearly It happens that So I'd thought the "fraction" However, Now, what else do we have? So now

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[Edited to reflect changes made in the question] The completed crossword: Clue explanations: Across Down This time, Gladys visited There were three things unclear to me, but those were answered by OP in a comment below this answer (and for the third thing, OP edited the question). Anyway, here were my initial questions:

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To follow on from @Randal'Thor's findings and our discussions in comments, I believe I have now sussed that the mystery country the OP is seeking is: To find this, firstly note that Exhibits 1, 2 and 3 are supposed to be 'equivalent' (as per Hint 1). We have already sussed that we are supposed to extract specific letters from the name of the countries and ...

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This week Gladys is in where she saw The filled grid: Across: Down:

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I used a depth-first-search program to find all possible chains of length 5. I used this list of cities: https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities For a bit of fun I also wanted to find the longest chain possible. I only ran it for a few minutes and I am sure longer chains are possible. I found one with 57 cities:

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Well, this answer is a bit of cheating since it uses a non-English spelling for one of the cities (however, the question does not explicitly state that the names of the cities should be in English):

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Alas, I couldn't find a 5-city chain but I did find a 6-city chain. Update: I found a 5-city chain but I tweaked a little bit. I used the old name for one of the cities:

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I came up with this, though I have to admit I had to check the number of inhabitants of the last one:

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The filled grid: Clue explanations: And the country Gladys is in is

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Identifying the countries An important realisation, along with recognising maps, is that Exhibit 1 - two parts Exhibit 2 - four parts Exhibit 3 - one part Exhibit 4 - twelve parts Next steps (thanks to @Stiv for some help here!) The OP says that "Exhibits 1, 2, and 3 demonstrate equivalency", so maybe we're meant to get: Then the meaning of ...

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