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Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, in 2 distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea. It's known for its beaches and biodiverse rainforest, much of it protected within reserves. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is home to the opulent Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque and its 29 golden domes. The capital's massive Istana Nurul Iman palace is the residence of Brunei's ruling sultan.

Overview[]

This Sultanate reeks of oil money (and oil), and is home to some of the world's richest men. The place is gaudy, overdone, and underpopulated. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, looks like it was taken out of an Aladdin story chip, with its golden minarets and mosques. Even though the country is, a mix of Chinese, Malays, local tribesmen, Indians, and Arabs, you can't tell who is who cause they've been Islamic for centuries, and all wear the bathrobes and headgear. After the Meltdown, a bunch of (very rich) Saudis and Kuwaitis arrived ; with all their Eurobucks, as if Brunei wasn't rich enough before. Everyone has free health care and education, pensions, and pilgrimages to whats left of Mecca (decontamination thrown in!), all courtesy of the government They eat real food, including beef from Brunei-owned farms in Australia? They thrived ~n higher oil prices during the Crash, and with the Saudi royal family, bought back from cash-strapped Malaysia the land between Kampung Sakang and Bangan.

Of course, there's a price to be paid for all this. This is the most boring country in the world! No night life, no booze, no girls, no dirty vids, no simstim, no fun. "The Haven of Peace" has plainclothes police roaming at night to make sure no locals break Islamic law, and to keep an eye on the few non-Islamic foreigners here. The place is crawling with ; Arasaka goons, and the border is fortified with the small 'Brunei army and Arasaka ACPA to keep OUT refugees. The coast is ruined with oil sludge from the 2nd Corp War. The current Sultan (30th) has a battalion of HK Ghurkas guarding him and his family. The people are sheep, but they are damn rich sheep, so they don't seem to mind.

Few gaijin are let into Brunei and they only let us in because they need us. The main foreign companies are Arasaka, who specially provides Muslim employees for national defense, and SovOil, who has a partnership with Brunei Shell Petroleum for gas and oil. These two companies have the only LDLs for Net use, along with one for the royal family.

Reference[]

PASQUARETTE, C. Pacific Rim Sourcebook. 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R.Talsorian Games, 1994

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