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Republic of East Gorteau (東ゴルトー共和国, Higashi Gorutō Kyōwakoku) is the 216th chapter of the Hunter × Hunter manga, written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi.

Synopsis

Chap 216 - Gon energizing himself

Gon energizing himself

After dropping off Knuckle and Shoot at NGL, Gon and Killua travel back to town with Spin. Gon stands up and lets out a scream, declaring that he is over his defeat and expressing his confidence that Knuckle will be able to rescue Kite. He then resolves to get stronger in order to not disappoint Kite when he returns.

Calmly reading a book and chewing her gum, Spin is relieved that he got over himself and says that even though Gon has known Kite longer, she and the other Amateur Hunters have spent more time with him. She tells Gon that she would have kicked him off the truck if he kept moping around, saying that Kite wouldn't want to see him like that and assuring Gon that Kite is still alive. She continues to explain what Kite would want to see from him, citing wits and determination, telling Gon to train right there if he's weak. While doing handstand push-ups, Gon asks her why she wants to become a Hunter.

Spin explains that she needs money to pay off an enormous debt. She then asks if they know about the Small-billed Swan, explaining that it only lives near a certain mine, the reason for which is not yet known. As kids, she and Stick wanted to save them from extinction and their home from changing into an industrial site, so they bought the mountain the mine was a part of as well as the surrounding land. She says that Kite financed it for them and that he was the first grown-up to listen to them, even though they were just some little kids with nothing to their name. Their most vivid memory of their home is of thousands of swans taking flight with the rising of the sun. Kite told them that he envied them since he doesn't have a place to call home and he also doesn't know where he was born. She then tells them that she will take them there when their mission is over.

Meanwhile, each of the Squadron Leaders go their separate ways: Cheetu crosses the NGL Border Stop and kills the humans working at the entrance, crowning himself the "King of Speed". Alligator thinks about Cheetu's speed, but says that he will take things slow, telling himself that he only cares about eating and crowning himself the "King of the Eaters" as he reaches the shore and looks out over the ocean. Some of the other Squadron Leaders are seen setting off on their own journeys to become king, with Alligator swimming through the ocean, and Hagya, Meleoron, Zazan, and Mantis all shown in various locations.

Chap 216 - Meruem rampaging at the palace

Meruem rampaging at the palace

Elsewhere, the King and his Royal Guards arrive at the royal palace in East Gorteau at the opposite end of the Mitene Union from NGL. The King lands in a courtyard and is given a warning to leave by the soldiers, who think that the Ants are just wearing costumes. He then goes on a rampage and easily kills them all.

Inside, Ming Jol-ik—the dictator in charge of the nation—who is watching a troupe of scantily clad dancing girls perform for him while he is eating dinner, gets a call from one of the soldiers that there are intruders inside the palace. He tells them to get rid of them and not to bother him with such trifles. He continues eating and enjoying himself while he slams down the phone. The King and Royal Guards, meanwhile, come face to face with a group a strong looking soldiers, one of whom threatens the group with a painful death for stepping inside the palace. Neferpitou gets the King's attention, but he already recognizes the fact that the soldier can use Nen, saying that he felt it without even focusing his eyes. He remarks that the soldier is a "rare" and that he looks tasty. At the same time, back in the Chimera Ant Nest in NGL, Knuckle and Shoot seem to find something very disturbing.

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