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A Store clerk poses outside a clothing store. Cost of living is high as most merchandise is brought into Koror by either boat or plane.The island republic of Palau has been everything from a Japanese military base to a U.S. Trust territory it now seeks profitable indignity as a plush Pacific resort..The Republic of Belau lies 1,300 kilometers, southwest of Guam, and 600 kilometers east of the Philippines. (Jim Bryant Photo).....