I have Republic, bought it off a flea market for a fiver.
Sadly it never held my interest for longer than a day, was fooled by the sneaky “implied” 200 odd “actions” you could perform (they “forgot” to mention 195 of said actions are “sub-actions” -.-;
But anyway, Republic did have promise but as this production list shows, they didn’t hit the ground running:
Developed and Published Games
2004 Evil Genius PC
2003 Republic: The Revolution PC
Canceled Republic Dawn: The Chronicles of the Seven PC
It may be of interest that Chronicles of the Seven was going to be a MMOG (Massive-Multiplayer-Online-Game, for those not with the lingo) but with the company now, effectively out of business (they started closing down their studios sometime in April last year) apparently they didn’t feel there was any space in games development for small independent companies…
Anyway just google: “Elixir Studios” and you should find the aforementioned articles of it in the archives of many games websites. As of date however, Elixir Studios (NOT the former GAME company) is now just a domain seller.
Sadly along with Elixir going bust nearly every single decent fansite of Republic also vanished, was discontinued or just left to rot with out-of-date information giving me the impression that when the game was released it disappointed enough people to warrent them not bothering putting the effort into sustaining the game (Most sites I can find have pre-release information rather than post-release.)
Anyway hope that answers some of your questions >_>