From Asia Ascendant,
the unpublished sourcebook for Trinity
(White Wolf Games)
When the oppressive ruling cabal known "The Generals" were all devoured by an idealistic but heavily tainted Aberrant in 2009, Burma returned to being a quiet, largely agricultural state. During the early days of the Aberrant War, the democratic government became increasingly isolationist. As a result, this nation was largely spared the horrors of the mid-21st century. Since then, Burma has remained a moderately prosperous but relatively isolated nation with close ties to China.
Today Burma is a democratic agrarian nation that remains largely self-sufficient. Inexpensive automation and widespread OpNet access give even the least prosperous farmers a relatively high standard of living and access to a wealth of education and entertainment. To outsiders, Burma seems a somewhat anachronistic place that has been mostly bypassed by both the renewed Aberrant War and the wonders of biotech and most other 22nd century technologies.
While Burmese citizens are free to leave Burma at any time, any who leave for more than a year lose their citizenship. Also, visits by outsiders are strictly controlled. No one visiting Burma can stay for more than a week, and their activities are monitored at all times by a radio tracker they must wear at all times. Unlike some other nations that use similar devices, these trackers contain neither microphones nor cameras. However, if they are removed for any reason, the tourist is tracked down, fined and immediately deported.
The exception to Burma’s peaceful isolationism is Shan State, the rugged mountainous jungles on the Siamese border. Although technically part of Burma, Shan State is practically independent, and is the headquarters for numerous illegal and semi-legal criminal operations. In isolated jungle compounds, secret underground factories and carefully concealed laboratories, organizations ranging from Siamese criminal families, to Chinese Triads and several branches of the Yakuza create dangerous drugs, build illegal technologies and engage in all manner of gray and black market research.
Although few outside of Burma know the truth, these criminal syndicates are the primary reason for Burma’s continued isolation. Though a complex series of bribes and alliances, the groups that control Shan State work to ensure that Burma’s isolationism continues to have both popular and governmental support. These same bribes and secret agreements are also the reason that the Burmese government purposefully ignores the activities of these illicit groups as long as they do not directly harm the Burmese people. In addition, the Burmese government refuses to cooperate with outside governments and law enforcement agencies that wish to investigate the activities in Shan State.
One of the primary reasons the Chinese government maintains close relations with Burma is to help it monitor the activities of the illegal labs and factories in Shan State. The Chinese government realizes that many of the goods being produced there are essentially impossible to suppress. However, permitting these labs to remain in Shan State allows the Chinese to easily monitor them. The Chinese government offers bribes and incentives to both the Burmese government and the criminal gangs to help keep the results of the more dangerous technologies both expensive and difficult to obtain. In addition, the Chinese also monitor the activities of the labs closely so that they can eliminate the most dangerous technologies through a combination of bribes and surgical strikes by highly trained teams of covert operatives.