Your boss wrote:
I was consulted by the Minister of Transportation of the Realm of Unspeakable Chaos on a crisis they had. It turns out that a road sign was missing from their inventory and they needed a replacement. (This sign is an important clue.) Fortunately I was able to help him, since the road sign was available from another country. I've attached part of the inventory, which was hashed using the MD5 algorithm, then MIME base64 encoded, then lexicographically sorted.
Chaotians use the same language for road signs as they do for flags.
(See earlier fieldwork notes from the Realm of Unspeakable Chaos at
The 2001 puzzle about flags and the Realm of Unspeakable Chaos is at:
http://wweb.mit.edu/puzzle/www/01/phase4/09/index.html for the puzzle or
http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/01/Solutions/realm.html for the solution.) Road signs are different from flags in a number of ways:
All signs describable by the language should be present in a complete inventory (except of course those putting a shape on a background of the same color). Thereby explaining the name of the country!
(Example: a sign with a yellow background and two white leftward-pointing arrows in a black diamond is represented in the road sign language as "magare nasty enprety um pe dril babo" and is encoded as "XjDYbSl87wVZWBgZNGyTrg".)
The inventory extract:
gqw3TySaYqOTZW9XCB6thg gqxBkD1hviJa381RtX9j/w gqxKTxx27GEzTxtjUpPk4A gqxlM0HeX1W6tDoeHh4caw gqz+CTdlImCyoyQzcNFiOg gqzriZm+YEqx8oDacUHayQ gr+v34NhI4T9a5xTI8LD0Q gr0PcapQomm1gmoTN/Lg2A gr3/eyWh5JUmWzF7mZAbsA gr3cuLIao1pUQKgzoB/LOA gr6xFSKEedh0kunf/C9alQ gr70tH6I3oyBNyFW1s0GlQ gr7fjQFTtDJgxeuag8Xeeg gr7pknsbnnE8uh6zlNuYxA gr9bzpI1aPsbgfOsbRX98g gr9cOWNd5b8sDWz3YbwV9Q grBFyEduGDjIu9rGDYMRvA grCZNqWWyGjV2fyyWxdR5Q grDcIugVWW0R2M34SXaIuw grF9z2T5PcHp3EsfyabXRw grFYmMyMT75nN0e24emvZg grIM8KuZ/DVQAUi4B2LYyA grJA4Yo/fEgqpB6biMV26g grJC/G5vgvpHw6zzQVhJvA
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