As it currently stands, Elite has no plans to enforce a "legal" citizenship on participants in the ELIC. For one thing, there's no way to be sure that the player's sated country of residence in the Elite profile is correct.
There is, anyway, little to be gained by playing with this seeking an edge. The qualifying tourneys will be limited to 16 players, and the countries that don't make sufficient enrolment will be lumped together in some manner and seeded out.
We'd like to think that pride alone will keep folks representing countries with which they have some tangible affiliation.
Why are people fussing about this? In the end the best player is gonna win. Just making it to the finals isn't a gaurantee of anything. That's gonna be one heck of a lineup.
My suggestion is, just stop worrying about it and go practice your gin rummy, LOL. See you at the tables!