The Republic of Elsh is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Maia with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless population of 17.371 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 enormous government prioritizes Law & Order, although Education, Defense, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Industry are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nova. The average income tax rate is 67.7%.
The sizeable but stagnant Elshian economy, worth 76.0 trillion bezants a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture and Cheese Exports. Average income is 4,377 bezants, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.
Protest songs are the nation's de facto anthems, fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, and the WhoTube comments section has gone strangely quiet. 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's influence in Portugal rose from "Newcomer" to "Apprentice".
- : Elsh altered its national flag.
- : Elsh relocated from Lazarus to Portugal.
- : Elsh was refounded in Lazarus.
- : Elsh ceased to exist in Portugal.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
- : Elsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.