The most powerful nation in Asia, Manchuria has inherited all the best of 20th century China.
- Population: 2,717,509,000 (81% urban, 79% rural)
- Literacy: 93%
- College Education: 45%
- Life Expectancy: 98.4 male, 107.3 female
- Largest Cities: Beijng (26,325,000), Shenyang (17,600,000), Taiyuan (11,320,000)
- Industrial Capacity: 210 Rudell Units
- Agricultural Output: 97%, net importer of rice
- Mineral Production: 95%, net importer of metals
- Power Production: 101% (69% solar, 21% atomic, 10% mineral), net exporter of power
- Principal Trading Partners: Russia, Far East Republic, Korea
Traditional China was virtually ungovernable in the collapse of world governments during Twilight. National minorities pressed for independence while the central economy of China proved unable to handle the greater and greater demands placed on it. Monolithic China split itself into three nations: Canton (southern China), China (north of the Yangtze, but south of Beijing), and Manchuria (northern China, plus Tibet and western China). Industrialized Manchuria carefully grabbed the wasteland resource regions of western China and Tibet in a foresighted attempt to support future expansion
Much of Manchuria’s core infrastructure was left intact during Twilight. Extensive rail lines covered the area, bringing raw materials to Manchuria’s manufacturing centers. During the 21 st century, industrialized Manchuria found itself to be the major regional power, and it filled this role willingly Shaping the traditional values of its people to the needs of developing technology, it remained at the forefront through the next two centuries as well, challenging even the power of France in the realm of Asia.
Manchuria’s mineral resources also yielded up tantalum, which ensured that the nation would remain a world power as it developed off-world colonies. The nature of these off-world colonies says much about the character of the Manchurian people-in most cases, colonists are set down on a planet with almost no resources and are expected to either tame the environment they find themselves in or adapt themselves to it. Manchurian colonies are therefore proud, tightly knit groups of people demonstrating the culture of the Terran Manchus from which they spring.