Essians, or the Essian people, are an ethnic group of people loosely defined as sharing common history and association with the historical Essian states or Houston sector as a whole. Generally, Essians have been citizens of one of the two major Essian states, the Essian Commonwealth (2015—2018) or the Confederation of Esse (2020—present). Cultural and geographic contrast between these two states has led to to the development of the phrases "Old Essianism" and "New Essianism" to describe the two eras.
No government has formally defined what constitutes being "Essian." Some definitions restrict the phrase to the original residents of Kastell County, while some are as general as classifying all former citizens of the Essian Commonwealth as belonging to the ethnic group.
"Old Essian" culture
"New Essian" culture