South Korea WWN - In Depth

South Korea and its march towards World War Next

Entries below briefly detail the corresponding icons and event titles as shown on the index page. These are used in the overall determination of current geo-political standing as it pertains to the upcoming World War. Notable past conflicts / civil wars /internal divisions are included to showcase a running history and the influence these events have had (or will have) on laying the groundwork of the country in question. This running timeline becomes particularly important when considering a given nation's modern day neighbors, global geo-political standing, and the potential for future skirmishes and / or outright conflict.

Note that the inclusion of wars/conflicts is not intended to be exhaustive but rather an indication of ongoing commitments/troubles and a representation of former/current national relationships with other parties.

Warfooting shows a given country's current position as it relates to World War Next. Levels run the spectrum of peace (green), notice, buildup, deterrence, readiness, and - ultimately - the march to war (red).

Border Clashes (1953-Present)
The nation remains in an official state of war with South Korea, leading to various border clashes and occassional flare-ups erupting between the two parties.
Korean Unification
The nation seeks to reunify, through peaceful political means, the Korean Peninsula and its peoples.
US Military Support / Ally
The nation is a long-time ally and military partner of the United States, backed by its overall global military supremacy and general economic strength. The relationship has been effective in keeping North Korea (and to some extent China) at bay though not without the regular escalation of hostilities and rhetoric.
Trilateral Agreement (US,JPN)
The nation has an active military-security-defense agreement with regional allies United States and Japan.
Regional Threats (NKO,CHN)
The nation faces consistent threats from regional neighbors (and notable military powers) in North Korea and China with the former eyeing reunification of the Korean Peninsula and the latter supporting North Korea as a buffer to Western expansion in the Asia-Pacific Theater.
East China Sea Claims
The nations joins a chorus of regional players in laying claim to various parts of the resource-rich East China Sea; the nations in quastion include China, Japan, and Taiwan.
Economic Power
The nation is recognized as a regional and global economic power.
Military-Industrial Complex
The nation has an established, mature Military-Industrial Complex (MiC) capable of production of various battlefield solutions covering small arms, systems, components, and armored vehicles as well as aircraft.
AUKUS Interest
The nation has openly expressed an interest in joining the trilateral security alliance founded by Australia (A), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US).
Regional Power
The nation is a recognized military and economical power in the Indo-Pacific / Asia-Pacific region.
The nation is a proven shipbuilder (warships and submarines) through its available shipyards and veteran workforce.
Naval Power
The nation is recognized as a regional naval power due to its balance of available surface and undersea combatants; this includes attack submarines, guided-missile destroyers, and amphibious warfare vessels.
TOP 5 Airpower
The nation is viewed as a Top 5 global air power with over 1,500 aircraft available through the active inventory. The fleet includes attackers, special-mission platforms, trainers, transports, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) suitable for modern warfare.
Japanese Occupation (1910-45)
The nation was under Japanese rule beginning in 1910 when it was annexed by the Empire of Japan. The brutal occupation would last until the defeat of the Empire at the close of World War II in 1945, resulting in the creation of a North Korea and a South Korea.
Iraq War (2003-08)
The nation supported the American invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq as part of the MNF-I coalition.
War in Afghanistan (2002-14)
The nation supported the Western occupation of Afghanistan as part of the ISAF coalition following the events of 9/11.
Gulf War (1990-91)
The nation supported the Western-aligned coalition against oil-rich Iraq in the liberation of fellow Gulf State Kuwait; the war ended as a coalition victory.
Vietnam War (1964-73)
The nation supported the Western-aligned coalition of nations against the Eastern-backed North in the Vietnam War; the war ended as a victory for the North over the South.
Korean War (1950-53)
The nation fought a bloody years-long war against North Korea, China, and (unofficially) the Soviet Union in the post-World War II period. Aided extensively by the United States, the war spanned from June 1950 until July 1953 and ended in a shaky Armistice that still stands today - no formal end to the war has been recognized.

The inclusion of wars/conflicts is not intended to be exhaustive but rather an indication of ongoing commitments/troubles and a representation of former/current national relationships with other parties.
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