The Democratic People's Republic of Torbia, also called North Torbia, is one of the most militarized countries in the world, with more than half a million active duty military personnel and over two million reservists. North Torbia’s military spending is around 20% of its GDP, and about one-quarter of all adults serve in some military capacity. North Torbia is a single-party, despotic state that occupies the northern half of the Island of Luzon. It is self-described as a “self-reliant socialist republic”, but its structure is deeply totalitarian, wholly reliant on a cult-of personality and militarism for survival.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Torbia (DPRT) is a single-party, despotic state that occupies the northern half of the Island of Torbia. It is self-described as a “self-reliant socialist republic”, but its structure is deeply totalitarian, wholly reliant on a cult-of personality and militarism for survival.
North Torbia maintains an oversized military for its population. The Torbian People’s Army (TPA) controls the ground, air, and naval forces in the DPRT and is one of the most militarized countries in the world with approximately half a million active duty military personnel and over two million reservists. Most of the military is located along the border with the Republic of Torbia (South Torbia) as North Torbia's stated intent is to unify the country under DPRT control. The TPA contains both land, air, and naval forces with the ground forces reigning supreme between the services. The air an naval forces primarily support the ground forces and special purpose forces (SPF). The TPA maintains underground defensive positions along the border with South Torbia.
North Torbia is one of the most closed and centrally planned economies in the world. Despite the potential for a strong economy, as demonstrated immediately following WWII, the economic situation in the nation is dire. Despite a large, potentially productive workforce and an abundance of natural resources, decades of neglect and corruption, combined with ever-expanding sanctions, resulted in a poverty-stricken nation reliant on international aid.
North Torbia is a repressive information environment, with the government controlling all important information environment elements to deter internal and external opposition parties. North Torbia is very adept at information control, utilizing programs in place for years to monitor and direct communications. In addition, North Torbia's INFOWAR capability is extremely capable, with areas of excellence in select disciplines. North Torbia will continue to research and develop more advanced systems. North Torbia utilizes its cyber program against external opposition parties and foreign governments with success, and will continue its operations providing their cyber operators with greater experience and more advanced techniques.
The infrastructure of North Torbia is old, dilapidated, and in need of repair and upgrade. Due to international sanctions and the isolationist policies of the totalitarian state, resources and aid needed to maintain roads, electrical grids, bridges, dams, etc., is largely unavailable. The small amount of aid that reaches North Torbia is diverted to the military and the ruling class at the expense of the rest of the country. The lagging infrastructure suffers from the inability to import much need resources due to the sanctions.
North Torbia is a small country located in an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. It borders its primary regional opponent, namely South Torbia, which is the only country with land access to the nation. The country’s terrain varies from high, forested, rugged mountains to flat lowland plains used for agricultural pursuits; the former create an obstacle for regional communication and make transport difficult. Both vegetation and climate are tropical in nature. Troops must deal with extreme temperatures and humidity throughout the lowlands, and high altitudes in the mountains. Frequent rains will hamper operations and maneuverability, as will seasonal cloud cover. Multiple natural hazards exist, such as typhoons and landslides, which can complicate missions.
Time in North Torbia is treated significantly differently than other countries. Simply put, time in North Torbia is rigid and strict; much like the leadership of the country. One does not arrive late for anything, whether that be a business meeting or catching a bus. The shame and repercussions of tardiness are severe. North Torbia currently sits within its own Time Zone after it decided to return to its historical zone of GMT + 8.5 to commemorate the anniversary of their ‘liberation’. South Torbia currently sits at GMT +9.0.