The Republic of Elsh is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Andre Maia with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 13.351 billion Elshians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nova. The average income tax rate is 71.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The sizeable but stagnant Elshian economy, worth 55.1 trillion bezants a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 4,124 bezants, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.
Max Barry is this year's Miss Elsh, naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, and politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elsh's national animal is the bison, which is also the nation's favorite main course.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Elsh was endorsed by The Raising Republic of Fliperland.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Highest Police Ratios.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens (last census: Top 10%).
- : Elsh voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Debris Prevention"".
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather (last census: Top 10%).
- : Elsh fell out of the regional Top 10% for Healthiest Citizens.
- : Elsh voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Civilian Aircraft Accord".
- : Elsh fell out of the world Top 10% for Most Scientifically Advanced.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens (last census: Top 5%).