Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, was a Nation in western Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, located in the eastern part of the island, whose metropolitan area is home to around a quarter of the country's inhabitants. The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It was a unitary, parliamentary republic with an elected president serving as head of state. The head of government, the Taoiseach, was nominated by the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann.
Pre Astro Republic of IrelandEdit
Ireland ranked among the wealthiest countries on Terra in terms of GDP per capita. After joining the European Union's predecessor, called the European Economic Community, in 1973 CE, Ireland enacted a series of liberal economic policies that resulted in rapid economic growth, coupled with a dramatic rise in inequality. The country achieved considerable prosperity from 1995 to 2007 CE, during which it became known as the Celtic Tiger. This was halted by a financial crisis that began in 2008 CE, in conjunction with the concurrent global economic crash.
Today Ireland is primarily focused on tourism, the high technology and financial industries and services. Exports include agricultural and dairy products, cattle and aluminum. Imports include computronics, chemicals, textiles, and clothing.