The Holy Republic of Eslemere is a very large, pleasant nation, renowned for its compulsory military service. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 92 million are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."
The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defence, and Commerce. The average income tax rate is 25%. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Beef-Based Agriculture.
Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, thieves are flogged in public for their crimes, and rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons. Crime is moderate. Eslemere's national animal is the hawk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the meridius.