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Since the Collapse the PO and FT blocs have fragmented into four or five smaller blocs intent upon unifying the world under their own banner. At the eve of the Imperial Civil War, more than 250 nations existed on Porozlo, a number divided roughly in half since by consolidation wars, economic or political mergers, or the result of demographic shifts to subtle for offworlders to see. Despite its inclusion in the Industrial Development Program, balkanisation has fragmented whatever progress has been made, and in some areas there has been a regression. Most TL-14 material is in the hands of the bloc leaders, who use their military and economic dominance to bully or conquer their neighbors. When this trend accelerated after the Representational Reforms, Porozlo became the first world to actually be DROPPED from the IDP, and the loss of Regency seed money is the reason for its drop in technology. Even more irritating for the Regency government has been the growing presence of corporate predators in these wars, an inversion of its history. Many of these include notorious minotaurs like JAX/TCP, Blackhawk and Sternmetal.