I did this a long long time ago, and many of the people are no longer active who signed up. There remains a couple though like loxie who is like a god of this game...
I think for some people it is right up their alley. Basically in the game you are given a citizen and have an opportunity to go your own way in whatever field you think you excel, be it politics or military or both. Some people just travel around the world fighting wars, and/or getting together with some friends and creating their own military unit for lulz.
Give it a shot:http://www.erepublik.com/en/referrer/Lord+Jeffrey
I will give a quick rundown of a quick and easy way to get started and lvling up in a significant way ASAP. I did lvl 15 when I restarted in less than a day (with some help from my friends) but not doing anything too spectacular.
Me and Smith are in Ireland, not sure what if anything is the goal but just sort of feeling out the situation there. You are welcome to join or go wherever you want really. I would like to get a group of people together who, after some time deciding if they like they game, would want to do some team work or something on whatever goal we might want to d. http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/-irasian-rsquo-s-guide-to-erepublik--2040273/1/20
Here is a guide for new people, which is not gospel or maybe 100% up to date but is a good starting point for people and explains what stuff is.
If you are interested, get in touch with me in forums and/or aim and we'll go from there.