History of South Korea
These are some of the chapters from South Korean national history.
The First Republic
Not much is known of South Korea's history before the Japan-South Korea War in May 2008 that resulted in the annexation of South Korea into Japan. In November 2008, ATLANTIS-backed freedom fighters alongside richie450 and his efforts launched three successful resistance wars in Gyeonggi-do, Gyeongsangnam-do, and Chungcheongnam-do, putting the country back on the map; if South Korea were to have a Founding Father, richie could certainly be considered.
The Early Days
After South Korea's liberation, richie450 remained to help rebuild the country. The population was small, only 40-60 people at the time, but notable citizens like Yonai Keiko, Parrot, and Khairul Asyraf were arriving. Taking advantage of this, Parrot immediately started the Liberal Socialist Worker Party to run for president unopposed, but Defiantly Sin started the Liberal Democrats of Korea to challenge him. A power struggle ensued and continued until the congressional elections. Eleven Congressmen were elected and lead the country until the first presidential elections. Defiantly Sin left eRepublik for real life issues and left the party to Melkion, a French war hero who ran just for the medal; citizens soon realized their mistake in voting for a president who wouldn't do anything.
In mid December The Party arrived in South Korea, led by the Triumvirate of Father (Peregrine), Teacher (ThisGenMedia), and Watcher (Trisk). They kept to themselves and spoke little, only saying they wanted to make Korea "better". With a growing population, South Koreans fought off The Party in the December Congressional elections, but in the end, The Party took over Congress, and then, the Presidency.
The Party ran South Korea in classic PTO fashion. They owned several companies which produced plenty of stock and enabled them to manipulate the economy. Their forums were never public, and they proved themselves inaccessible to citizens. Richie450, among others, abandoned his position in Congress and left the country. The Party lost its hold on the nation in the January congressional elections by Parrot due to the support of the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA's intervention is rumored to have been due to personal grudges of the then American government against the Triumvirate.
The Parrot and DeBoyle Administrations
With Parrot winning the February 2009 presidential election, The Party was ultimately defeated. Though he was saddled with a weak economy, low production, and a small and starving population, Parrot rallied the community and, with the help of Japanese and private donations, was able to stave of starvation and refill the treasury. His actions spawned the first immigration wave to South Korea, where new companies were built, wages were competitive, cost were low, and the economy was strengthening.
Unfortunately, Parrot could not end the bickering with remnants of The Party and his heavy-handed response to criticism started to draw many comparisons to the autocratic system his administration replaced. In March 2009, in the first free elections in the country's history, he was defeated by one vote by Francis DeBoyle, who promised greater visibility, more freedom and continued economic growth.
The Goonrush and PowerSwedenNo sooner had the economy revived (the KRW holding at 0.025 gold), the Goons arrived on the scene. Whatever gains made by the Parrot and DeBoyle administrations were soon eroding into media chaos and market freefall. They quickly grew in number and in domestic allies, and rumors of coorruption grew; the president appeared unconcerned, the Minister of Defense is alleged to have cut a deal with the Goons to retain his post, and the Unity candidate of the Free Koreans, Mr. brodie, is also rumored to have been bought off.
On the heels of the Goons' arrival, however, came another wave of immigration, this time from Turkey. Among the newcomers was PowerSweden, a man accustomed to the destructive nature of the Goons, and he had come to neutralize their effect on the country. Thanks in part to the efforts of his compatriot, LanceLoTR, a dialogue was established with the Free Koreans. PowerSweden quickly attained their support for the April presidential election.
Mr. brodie had a trick up his sleeve; on election day, he sought an impeachment vote, of which the vote would end three hours into the new president's term. The trick momentarily worked; PowerSweden won the election and was immediately impeached, with the presidency thus going to the Goon candidate, TokiWart00th. The admins sorted everything out, TokiWart00th was removed from office, Mr. brodie was temporarily banned for his scheme, and PowerSweden was re-installed as president.
During the melee, China sought to seize on the confusion by invading South Korea. During their small window of 'power' the goons were able to scrape the gold for an MPP from amongst their ranks but too late to stop the fall of Seoul. With the rightful return of PowerSweden, however, the tables turned and with the help of eTurks, eThais and a powerful effort from PowerSweden himself, South Korea was able to fend off the Chinese attack on Chungcheongnam-do and eventually expel them from the peninsula in the following liberation of Seoul (see China-South Korea War).
With the Goon plot to ascend to the presidency defeated and the Chinese pushed out of the country, PowerSweden decided to retire by way of self-imposed impeachment, leaving the presidency in the hands of Yonai Keiko.
The May 2009 Presidential Election
In her time as interim president, Yonai oversaw success across the board, in economic, diplomatic, population, and social matters, and she parlayed this into a win in the May 2009 election. Still burdened with a relatively small population, however, political leaders realized the nation's vulnerability to PTO's.
The cracks had, however, begun to appear.
Party leaders acknowledged the need for unity when threatened by foreign PTO groups. Leading up to the election, they had agreed to nominate one candidate, who would then for an administration using leading members from all parties. This was seen as a short-term solution, and with population bound to grow, this was planned as a temporary anti-PTO measure, not permanent policy. A few days before the election, however, LordSlowPoke, leader of the Workers' Party, broke the agreement by nominating Aarons-Miller for President. Yonai won the election, but the idea of unity for the sake of thwarting PTO attempts was destroyed. Sure enough, PTO groups from Poland and the United States of America soon came, and with every new PTO attempt, national morale waned.
The JASKO Union
With the never-ending waves of PTO mercenaries coming in, with parties unable to broker deals to assure unity, and in an era before the citizenship module, national leaders from the center and right, unable to trust leftist leaders like those in the Workers' Party, began to seek other options. As it stood, the choice was to either allow one PTO group after another take over the government, or to merge with Japan, a country with a democratic tradition and a population large enough to not have to worry about constant PTO's.
A postal vote was held, and by two-thirds majority, South Koreans decided to stop being at the mercy of PTO malice and to join Japan.
With Japan's consent, South Korea declared war on them, and the process of merging began. By the time the June 2009 Congressional elections came around, the process was complete; South Korea was part of Japan. The South Korean community assimilated into Japanese culture and seemed content with the move.
The Theocratic Nation
How the Theocrats Took South Korea
During the merger with Japan, South Korean leadership in exile planned to eventually rejuvenate the country. On August 20, 2009, Yonai Keiko started a resistance war in Gyeongsangnam-do, just in time for the August Congressional Elections. After two months, working with the Japanese, South Korea returned to the map. After this success, Yonai was the defacto president of the nation and was proposing a war with Japan (with Japan's blessing) in the hope to slowly take back old South Korean regions; with no Congress, the proposal met no opposition.
Unfortunately, the country was vulnerable for the five days it went without a Congress; without a Congress, the citizenship module was not in effect, meaning the old PTO problems the country faced before were still a concern for this window of time. Over this span, the population bloated with newcomers, in particular, the Theocrats, a military culture with a quasi-religious tie to Dioism. The South Korean community, a mix of veteran citizens like Yonai and Alfagrem on one hand, and new devotees like Spade and Smily132 on the other, appealed to the international community for assistance. With the world watching the election, even with last-minute voters jumping from South Africa to assist the indigenous community, the Theocrats won six of the ten seats up for grabs; quite truly, they won by the skin of their teeth, only a couple of votes could have turned the tables. The Theocratic win became a very sore point of contention, as many Theocrats were subsequently banned for creating multi's. Without control of Congress, the community could only hope to stave off impeachment.
Leadership sought to merge with Japan again, and at their request, Japan opened up a battle in Gyeongsangnam-do to take the country back and to undo the Theocratic PTO. This was the beginning of the Theocratic War. The day after the election, the battle commenced, and it concluded successfully, with South Korea retreating from the battle, and Japan retaking the country. The Theocrats, however, were not going to just allow this to happen. Initiated by Cidadao, they started a resistance war in Gyeonggi-do late on September 3 in order to get the country back on the map just in the nick of time for presidential elections on September 5 and to get their candidate on the ballot. The battle was bitterly fought, and with an hour left, the wall stood at 50,000, its highest of the fight; however, thanks to Theocratic expertise in tanking, they quickly brought the wall down to -6000 and won.
With South Korea back on the map and presidential elections the very next day, the Theocrats were much better prepared, and their candidate, Colinar, defeated long-time South Korean resident Alfagrem by a 2-to-1 margin. With the Presidency and Congress in their pocket, they fought a war with Japan to maintain control of the country and to gain regions; despite Japan's best efforts and momentary wins, they ultimately were unable to retake South Korea. In the September Congressional elections, the Theocrats cemented political power with a much more convincing win than in August. Many who were loyal to the indigenous South Korean community left in disgust.
How the Theocrats Ruled South Korea
With the Theocrats firmly entrenched in power, they turned South Korea into, as Dio Maksas called it, a fascist-communist state. Tax rates were installed to basically destroy the food and grain industries, putting many South Koreans out of business; without food, they build a Q5 hospital in Gyeonggi-do to deal with wellness. Being a militaristic culture, they sought an MPP with Malaysia to engage in the Sol wargames; between the wargames, regional conflicts, and fighting on behalf of EDEN forces, there were plenty of opportunities for battles and using said hospital. They shut the door completely on citizenship, and unless an applicant was pre-established in the Theocracy, he would be rejected. Dissenting voices were shouted down by chants of “SILENT LEGES INTER ARMA”, their motto, or a little more provocative, "SLIA or GTFO!" After several weeks of Theocratic dominance, the population thinned out, which was of no consequence to the Theocrats; with tight control of the economy and their own companies replacing those already in place, they hardly cared. Many criticized them for creating a sort of segregated society, a closed totalitarian regime; in response, such critics were harassed and mocked until they gave up.
Not every South Korean folded under Theocratic dominance. In September 2009, as the Theocrats were trying to enjoy their MPP with Malaysia to take advantage of the Sol wargames, Alfagrem took it on himself to start a series of resistance wars in Thailand to try to keep the Theocrats from strengthening their multi's; he funded the RW's himself, but also received criticism for the effort. Also, in the middle of the Theocratic totalitarian regime, Andrei Vissarionovich came and created the Democratic Nationalist Party in the hope of creating a true democratic presence; to his credit, he managed to get several members of his party into Congress, including Herbert Von Bern.
While the Theocrats held their regions, Russia sought to take control of the peninsula for themselves. They were successful in taking over North Korea and keeping it as a "colony" under Shaolin control. The Theocrats were successful in fending off Russian and Japanese threats, and by January 2010, of the nine original South Korean regions, only Jeju-do was not in Theocratic hands.
The Republic of 798
A Return to Democracy
In January 2010, after five months in power, the Theocrats announced they were leaving South Korea. With a lack of battles in the region and a distaste for governance, leadership directed members and resources to Spain and worked with the South Koreans to transfer power as smoothly as possible. To their credit, their departure was much more diplomatic, much more affable, than was their arrival. By the January Congressional elections, the Theocratic Era was over.
The post-Theocratic era was greeted by the community with enthusiasm and eagerness to rebuild. Facing many of the problems which had always plagued South Korea (weak currency, a turbulent economy, predators and PTO groups looking to take their share of the country), those who stayed were committed to a return to a free-market, democratic society. The newspaper media sprang to life, the national forum buzzed with activity, and positivity replaced the pessimism seen in Theocratic South Korea. The KRW quickly strengthened from 112 KRW/gold to 65 KRW/gold, the food and grain industries were slowly rebuilt, the South Korean Guard and Crimson Tigers were created to fill the military vacuum created when the Theocrats left, the population rose from just over 300 in mid-January to 650 by March, and an MPP was signed with Malaysia for the sake of wargames. The political parties that were vacated by the Theocrats were soon put to use.
After waiting five months, Spade's dream came true as he won the February Presidential election over Andrei Vissarionovich by a single vote. His leadership through this transition garnered him wide support, and in March he ran for re-election unopposed.
Operation SpidermanOperation Spiderman. Gaining the support of Spade and the community at large, they used their goodwill to target the Goons' party, the party In My Pants. Under the leadership of Abdul'Allah Kazim Zyrgazi and monkey111, they took over the party during the March Party President elections and renamed it the Federal Social Democrat Party.
A Peaceful Transference of Power
The Goon/Facepuncher conflict was not the only event marking Spade's second term. During the March Congressional elections, his profile was hacked into, with which the hacker acted with vulgarity and disregard for the country and its president. The hacker proposed a pornographic citizen message and published Spade's private messages. Speaking through an organization, Spade directed the National Assembly to impeach his citizen account in order to halt the hacker's antics, and the Assembly obliged him.
The April Presidential Election would be considered by many Koreans to be the first democratic election since the Theocrats arrived. Peter de LusionisT Bae won the election with just under 43% of the vote.
The Second War with Japan
Below is a summary; for more details see: Second Japan-South Korea War
Peter was reelected on May 5, and the next day, Japan declared war on South Korea, giving a list of reasons for the action, from wanting to eliminate multi's from South Korea to owing it to the country to erase it and let them start over, but no one was fooled, it was for the "lulz". The Japanese won the first battle by less than one tank, which forced them to escalate the war with the incorporation of EDEN forces, especially from Croatia. Peter signed an MPP with Germany. The first resistance battle of the war was again a narrow win for Japan, but two days later, they attacked three regions at once, winning all three handily; by the end of the week, they had taken the South Korean capital of Gyeonggi-do and reduce SK to two useless regions.
Resistance battles bore fruit, but it was the signing of the MPP with Russia that ended Japanese aggression once and for all. Koreans pushed the Japanese out rather quickly, and with numeric superiority, they regained Jeju, becoming whole for the first time since coming back on the map the previous August.
The MPP with Russia did not come without a price; upon signing the deal, Russia was able to use Gyeonggi-do to launch an attack on the Chinese region of Shandong, altering the ongoing war over Liaoning.
New president Arjay Phoenician took these new realities as an opportunity to change the course of the country. Among other things, he sought the renewal of the MPP with Russia, guaranteeing the Japanese would not launch another attack. In his two terms, he oversaw a good-sized baby boom, bloating the population from 546 on June 6 to 1003 by August 4, an 84% increase in two months. Many of these newcomers were native Koreans, and he encouraged the growth of Korean-language newspapers. They came from a Korean gaming site, Europa Universalis, and notables from this community include Grease, Philip Park, and Elignis Jinn.
Grease succeeded Arjay after two terms, becoming the first president from real-life Korea.