This epilogue discusses the outcome of the Great Collapse. As the devastating effects of the Great Collapse began to appear, the nation-states with democratic governments were initially unwilling and then unable to deal with the unfolding crisis. As food shortages and disease outbreaks spread, and sea level rose, they found themselves without the infrastructure and organizational ability to quarantine and relocate people. However, the situation was different in China. When rising sea levels began to threaten coastal areas, China rapidly built new inland cities and villages, and relocated more than 250 million people to higher and safer ground, increasing their survival rates to more than 80 percent. China's ability to weather disastrous climate change justified the necessity of centralized government.
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