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The Republic of Elbonia is a fictional country from Scott Adams' comic strips Dilbert and Plop: The Hairless Elbonian. It is an extremely poor, fourth-world country that has recently abandoned Socialism. Most of the nation is covered with waist-deep mud, which the residents use to build houses. Much of the economy is also mud-based. In one cartoon the Elbonians discover that the mud is caused by an abundance of oil and coal near the surface. Scott Adams has said that many people think of the mud as snow, a limitation of the black-and-white daily strips, but that either way is fine with him. He has commented that Elbonia is essentially based on most Americans' stereotypes of a developing country with immense problems. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Map of the Land of Oz, the fictional country in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Map of the fictional island of Sodor used in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories Fictitious countries used in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four A guidebook produced about the fictional country Molvanîa... Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books. ... Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ... Least Developed Countries (LDCs or Fourth World countries) are countries which according to the United Nations exhibit the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development, with the lowest Human Development Index ratings of all countries in the world. ... Socialism refers to a broad array of ideologies and movements which aim to improve society through collective and egalitarian action; and to a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community. ... In computer gaming, a MUD (Multi-User Dungeon, Domain or Dimension) is a multi-player computer game that combines elements of role-playing games, hack and slash style computer games and social chat rooms. ... Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books. ...


Elbonian pigs have intelligence and social standing comparable to the humans and are sometimes shown as having a role in the government. In an early Dilbert strip, Wally orders a mail-order bride from Elbonia, only to receive a pig dressed in women's clothing, later cooking it. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Adams created the country in order to allow for a "foreign" aspect in Dilbert without using any specific location, in order to avoid a backlash by readers who may be from that region. Dilbert's company often uses Elbonia as a source of cheap labor and general outsourcing. However, these cost-savings attempts regularly backfire. For example, the computer code developed in Elbonia was only documented in Elbonian, and the debugging costs alone were more than what it would have cost to develop the entire program in-house. Once Dogbert enslaved several Elbonians to make running shoes, as he "just got a huge order" for them. When one tried to get Dilbert to help, Dilbert pepper-sprayed him saying "I like helping people, but I also like inexpensive shoes." Debugging is a methodical process of finding and reducing the number of bugs, or defects, in a computer program or a piece of electronic hardware thus making it behave as expected. ...


Most of the Elbonians have beards, even the females and infants, and wear tall grey hats and black mittens. (Plop centers on a hairless, beardless child, a rarity in Elbonia.) Elbonians are commonly portrayed as idiotic and backward, and their technology is very outdated: "phones" are actually cans attached to the ends of strings and the means of "air transportation" (Air Elbonia) is flinging people from a giant slingshot (something Dilbert hates to do because he loses his luggage and gets head-deep into mud). In the TV series, "Air Elbonia" uses planes assembled from what looks like scrap metal and clapboard, and there are no runways, so the plane just lands in the mud. However, the Pointy-Haired Boss seems to approve of outsourcing programming or documentation tasks to them on a regular basis. A glove (Middle English from Old English glof) is a type of garment which covers the hand. ... For other uses, see Telephone (disambiguation). ... Categories: Stub | Waste ... Clapboard, also known as bevel siding or lap siding (with regional variants as to the exact definitions of these terms), is a board used typically for exterior horizontal siding that has one edge thicker than the other and where the board above laps over the one below. ... The Pointy-Haired Boss (often abbreviated to just PHB) is Dilberts boss in the Dilbert comic strip. ...


For many years the country has been mired in a civil war between the left- and right-handed Elbonians, although the war was mostly bloodless, as the Elbonians did not realize they were allowed to use weapons. Elbonia has also threatened its neighbor, Kneebonia, with nuclear weapons launched by slingshot. A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight against each other for the control of political power. ...


Elbonia was also briefly engaged in a war with France, that erupted when Dilbert's company gave them the bid of launching a French spy satellite, which resulted in the disastrous slingshot launch of the satellite into the French Embassy in Elbonia. After a brief bombing campaign, France ended the war after realizing that there was nothing of value to bomb and the Elbonian GNP tripled when the citizens sold the bomb shrapnel as scrap metal. This temporary rise in wealth caused the Elbonians to try to instigate another war with France by standing in front of the newly rebuilt French Embassy and insulting French wine, which ultimately failed. KH-4B Corona satellite Lacrosse radar spy satellite under construction A spy satellite (officially referred to as a reconnaissance satellite) is an Earth observation satellite or communications satellite deployed for military or intelligence applications. ... A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... Measures of national income and output are used in economics to estimate the value of goods and services produced in an economy. ...


Elbonia's government is a dictatorship, run by a right-handed military strongman who strives to crush the lefties. Dogbert briefly deposed the President and made himself dictator; he then began a campaign to increase Elbonian tourism by making gambling and prostitution not only legal, but mandatory. He and Dilbert (who acted as his advisor) wound up fleeing the palace when they mistook the Elbonians' coming to them bearing farm tools as an uprising — it turned out they were calling him to preside over a farm holiday. In fact, this was the protracted series during which the "jowly" boss was replaced by the Pointy-Haired Boss. Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A dictatorship is an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by a dictator. ... Dogbert is Dilberts pet dog from the Dilbert comic strip, though he rarely acts like a pet. ... The Pointy-Haired Boss (often abbreviated to just PHB) is Dilberts boss in the Dilbert comic strip. ...


Some strips reference a "North Elbonia", which is still Communist. It appears to be loosely based on North Korea. North Elbonia was destroyed when they used a giant laser manufactured by Dilbert's employer; the manual had been made by Tina out of anger on how women in North Elbonia are mistreated (at least according to Dilbert). This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... Experiment with a laser (US Military) In physics, a laser is a device that emits light through a specific mechanism for which the term laser is an acronym: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. ... This is a list of minor characters from the Dilbert comic strip. ...


The national bird of Elbonia is the Frisbee. The Elbonians refuse to do any business which is not corrupt, and in order to attract tourists Elbonia openly lies in its promotional videos, claiming to host five of the seven wonders of the world. When Dilbert's company won the bid to build a cell phone network for the Elbonians, the Elbonian government would not sign the contract until they were given plans for a nuclear weapon. Dilbert instead gave them plans for a giant toaster, and they were foiled by a lack of highly enriched bread. A Wham-O Professional Frisbee For the amusement ride, see Frisbee (ride). ... The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (from left to right, top to bottom): Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Maussollos, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria as depicted by 16th-century Dutch artist Marten Heemskerk...


Elbonia might be either a conscious or coincidental parallel to one of the venues in Al Capp's long-running strip Li'l Abner: a nation called Lower Slobovia (based on Siberia), whose citizens were perpetually seen in waist deep snow and ice. I do Lil Abner!!, a self-portrait by Al Capp, excerpted from the April 16-17 1951 Lil Abner strips. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ...


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Elbonia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (616 words)
The Republic of Elbonia is a fictional country from the comic strips Dilbert and Plop: The Hairless Elbonian.
Elbonia's government is a dictatorship, run by a right-handed military strongman who strives to crush the lefties.
Elbonia might be either a conscious or coincidental parallel to one of the venues in Al Capp's long-running strip Li'l Abner: a nation called Lower Slobovia (based on Siberia), whose citizens were perpetually seen in waist deep snow and ice.
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