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The Republic of Torbia, also called South Torbia, is a constitutional republic that occupies most of the south half of the island of Luzon. After centuries of foreign occupation and despotic rule, South Torbia emerged in the late 20th century as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and today is one of the world’s wealthiest, most stable, and most militarily powerful nations. However, a massive corruption scandal that included the president has recently rocked the South Torbian government to its core, creating many questions about the stability and viability of the current republic. The South Torbian military is primarily a defensive force aimed at stopping the Democratic People’s Republic of Torbia from taking over the entire country. Many years ago, due to the fear of North Torbia, South Torbia adopted a universal military service of short duration for all its male citizens. After leaving active duty, the military veterans serve in an active or inactive reserve role as a deterrence against external threats to the country’s independence.

Political

The Republic of Torbia, also known as South Torbia, is a constitutional republic that occupies most of the south half of the Island of Luzon, plus Mindoro and numerous other smaller islands. After centuries of foreign occupation and despotic rule, South Torbia emerged in the late 20th century as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and today is one of the world’s wealthiest, most stable, and most militarily powerful nations. However, a massive corruption scandal that included the president has recently rocked the government to its core, creating many questions about the stability and viability of the current republic.

Military

The South Torbian military is primarily a defensive force aimed at stopping the Democratic People’s Republic of Torbia (North Torbia) from taking over the entire country. Many years ago, due to the fear of North Torbia, the South Torbian government adopted a universal military service of short duration for all its male citizens. After leaving active duty, the military veterans serve in an active or inactive reserve role as a deterrence against external threats to the country’s independence.

Due to South Torbia’s defensive plans and the island terrain, most units in the South Torbian Army are infantry. There are a limited number of other type units including one tank division, one mechanized infantry brigade, and one airborne brigade. The infantry battalions, however, must move on foot or be transported in trucks available to the infantry battalions from a higher command.

Economic

South Torbia is a highly developed, mixed-market nation, with a strong economic core, with 60-70% of the economy driven by free-market dynamics. Measured on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis that adjusts for price differences, South Torbia is one of the world’s largest economies. For three postwar decades, overall real economic growth was impressive - a 10% average in the 1960s, 5% in the 1970s, and 4% in the 1980s, making South Torbia the world’s fastest growing economy in terms of real GDP per capita following World War II. Modest economic growth continued over the last two decades after governmental reform and reduction of much of the previously entrenched bureaucracy. However, the economy has fallen into recession four times in the last ten tears. This pattern echoes a standard structural transition from primary goods into manufacturing and ultimately into services. South Torbia accomplished this transition primarily through labor productivity growth with a focus on exports, expanding their human capital through both education and size of work force. Notably, despite this economic success, South Torbia is still reliant on imports due to a limitation in agriculture diversity and natural resources.

Social

The island of Torbia remained largely homogenous both ethnically and linguistically throughout its history, despite repeated invasions and occupations by various foreign entities. A close-held Torbian ethnic identity is one of the most significant long-term consequences of these occupations; this ultimately resulted in widespread migration throughout the island, but relatively little emigration or immigration. The Torbian War created a mass migration event as both families and individuals moved north or south depending on political affiliations and family connections. The Torbian War also created a significant refugee crisis, with over 500,000 Torbians seeking asylum in other nations around the region.

Information

South Torbia has a thriving and relatively free media environment, with freedom of speech and loyalty to the country. South Torbian Information Warfare capabilities will continue to grow in both equipment and training of personnel, and will rely on Western nations to help continue the modernization of this capability. Internet and television are state of the art and the most important form of media in South Torbia.

Infrastructure

The South Torbian infrastructure is stressed and outdated. Significant emphasis has been placed on the modernizing of the infrastructure in recent years but it continues to be stressed by the rapid urbanization. South Torbia has an emerging mass transit system.  Several bus companies provide transportation in major cities and to rural areas. The country still uses converted WWII vehicles as taxis and mopeds as a means for transportation that release significant pollutants into the environment. Airports range from large international airports that can handle almost any aircraft currently in production to small-unimproved dirt strips. Seaports are modern and can handle most modern cargo vessels and have several dolphin platforms for the offloading of petroleum. The country suffers from high levels of pollution in the urban areas and the government has made policies to combat pollution in urban environments and water supplies.

Physical Environment

The South Torbian infrastructure is stressed and outdated. Significant emphasis has been placed on the modernizing of the infrastructure in recent years but it continues to be stressed by the rapid urbanization. South Torbia has an emerging mass transit system.  Several bus companies provide transportation in major cities and to rural areas. The country still uses converted WWII vehicles as taxis and mopeds as a means for transportation that release significant pollutants into the environment. Airports range from large international airports that can handle almost any aircraft currently in production to small-unimproved dirt strips. Seaports are modern and can handle most modern cargo vessels and have several dolphin platforms for the offloading of petroleum. The country suffers from high levels of pollution in the urban areas and the government has made policies to combat pollution in urban environments and water supplies.

Time

South Torbians follow a cyclic approach to time, believing that all opportunities, like the sun, will set and then rise again later on. However, this is not taken as an invitation to slowness or laziness, as their concept of harmony requires an ultra-politeness that extends to strict observation of timetables. South Torbia sits within the South Torbia Time Zone (STTZ), which is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)/Coordinated Universal Time (UTC); it does not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST).

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