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The Republic of Elsh

“Audaces Fortuna Juvat”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Portugal

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The Republic of Elsh is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Andre Maia with a fair hand, and notable for its punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, intelligent population of 2.577 billion, 951 million of whom are zombies, Elshians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defence. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nova. The average income tax rate is 56%. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

The latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, radio shows frequently feature people denouncing religion, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance, and most citizens in Elsh are abject pyrophobes after extremely graphic pamphlets were mailed nationwide by the government. 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, and its currency is the bezant.

Elsh is ranked 77th in Portugal and 108,835th in the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring -12 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Elsh is currently considering its options.

People: 1,626,261,119

Zombies: 950,900,367

Dead: 8,726,270,899

Survival Rate: 14.39%

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