Hey all, after this talk on how useful standard libraries are this has been in talks in multiple channels.
I just wanted to present my idea on the same.

Why not keep the essentials (ensurepip) and strip off everything else. When someone imports a package like datetime, we can catch the error (ImportError) and install it.
Or something similar.

Please do let me know your feedback on why this might or might not be a good option so that we can come up with better solutions for issues.

Thank you!