Elbonia is an impoverished eastern European country in the Dilbert universe. In the comic strip, and originally in the TV show, its major commerce was mud. In the comic strip there are also mentions of a currency called the Eye-Crud.
Elbonia is ruled by presidential dictatorship in South Elbonia and their banned Communism caused it to be split in two, North Elbonia and South Elbonia. Until 2000, the south Elbonian government was ruled by right-handed people. Dogbert once briefly became the king of Elbonia after a mishap in a spaceship, but fled after "Gardening Tools Day", thinking the Elbonian Citizens were rebelling against his rule. In 2000, he became the ambassador to Elbonia, and after saving Dilbert from execution, became the dictator of Elbonia once more, though he seems to have later stepped down.
Their economic system is bad because they live in the fourth world and had a GDP of 5-20 USD until 2000. Their currency is known as the "eye-crud", and their GNP tripled after they sold bomb fragments at the end of the French-Elbonian War in 1994. In 2008, the Elbonian rate of inflation reached a billion percent, daily.
Culture and demographics
Mainly all Elbonians live in mud. Elbonians in general are prejudiced against left handed Elbonians. Since 2000, the class barriers were broken down.
All Elbonians used to be atheists until a group of people from the U.S. brought Christianity to Elbonia. In the comic strip there are also references to the deity "Doug" and some Elbonians even believe that Dogbert is Doug. A reference is also made to the Elbonian god of overly warm weather and twice baked potatoes. He is offended by various things that people do, and the normal punishment handed out is to be strangled by a mud adder. Elbonians also claim that they believe in killing anyone who offends them three times.
Elbonia does not affect the world on a global scale, though it often does business with the american corporation known as Path-E-Tech Management. Any american citizen can become the ambassador to Elbonia as long as they are able to draw an Elbonian, thus allowing Dogbert to become the U.S. ambassador to Elbonia. As of 2013, the Elbonian embassy in America is a single card table with two folding chairs. To communicate with the outside world in the Elbonian embassy, one must carve their message on the shell of a nut, and give it to a squirrel.
Elbonia does not have a strong military, although they do have one nuclear warhead sold to them by Dogbert, which they used to threaten their enemy, Kneeboina. When the French started shelling Elbonia, the Elbonians sold the bomb fragments, and their GNP tripled.