This chapter is intentionally left blank.
Chapter 5 goes a lot more in-depth with Guotong’s game, Republic. The entire chapter is just our MC, Lu Fan, raging at the stupid game.
There is near zero “real” plot development. The game isn’t mentioned again after Chapter 5 for the entire rest of Volume 1. I’ve decided to designate it as a “filler”. Chapter 6 and 7, however, have everything to do with the main story arc. They’re exact opposite from Chapter 5.
What my guess is that the author, inexperienced as he was, tried to add more Republic content, thinking that it will gain more views (since there are tons of successful game-world novels). However, he received a lot of negative feedback, so he didn’t dare mention it again in the series. As compensation, he stuffed the next few chapters full of juicy plot bits until everything regained balance from the Chapter 5 reviews.