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Japan — Of the long difficult centuries just past, the tale of the Japanese is probably the most extraordinary. They were the only people who managed to evacuate their home planet en-masse when planetary relocation became nearly impossible. And they did so in a manner which would probably have been impossible had it been attempted by any other nation.

Old Japan was one of the first few pre-glacial countries to recognize the pending threat at face value and to take drastic action. Indeed, their response was so robust as to be scarcely believable to anyone who didn't know Japanese culture. The Japanese government implemented a series of staged "decisions" which had actually been agreed upon in advance, the end result of which guided the country through a spartan escape program which less than two percent of the population could survive. In surprisingly traditional Japanese fashion, a vast majority of the country enthusiastically supported the program and went to work on the space stations at the expense of the entire national economy and its inhabitants. Pre-glacial Japan literally destroyed itself in order to place 80,000 lucky colonists into several huge space stations that were eventually positioned at Lagrange Point Five via a series of construction centers built at the L2 point, using the moon and earth orbit as staging areas. Early completion of the stations allowed an extra 2,500 people to be evacuated.

The wisdom of this drastic course of action was reflected in numerous ways. For one, Japan would have lost huge portions of their population anyway, so their loss as part of a national effort resulted in less social disruption. Also, because construction of the stations proceeded as the rest of the world fell into disorder, Japan maintained a more stable technology base. The means by which Japan managed the systematic starvation and death of a majority of its population is better recorded elsewhere, but it can be noted that as food supplies fell, those portions of the population least instrumental in the space station work were cut out of the government food program which supplied nearly 100% of available food in the Japanese islands. Of those whose time had come, most committed suicide but a few formed "starvation communes" where the dying could spend their last days in relative calm.

Even before their establishment at L5, the Japanese had embarked on another no less critical venture. Unwilling to remain forever dependent on artificial gravity systems in the depths of space, a vast majority of the population was placed on a course of permanent adaptation to weightlessness. This is actually still underway, and one notable difference between the Japanese and the rest of humanity is their shorter lifespan of roughly 117 years and their different physique and musculature.

Japan remains by far the most technologically advanced of nations today, and their relations with other planetary powers are increasingly tenuous. Only California is in any sort of regular contact with the Japanese, although the Med States and Australia still maintain consular exchanges with L5.

Alexander Station — The primary military installation in that the Med States has in earth orbit, little is known about the station, which is typical for military facilities.

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