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Northeastern Ryanggangg Province

 

The DPRK may have died, but its legacy lived on in Ryanggangg. The barren province, with its population of 719,000 people, most whom lived in extreme poverty, was easily the most miserable corner of Korea, and definitely a candidate for the most miserable place in Asia. During the first incarnation of North Korea, the province had been a popular escape route for refugees fleeing the North into China. The area had been considered a part of the North's "Rust Belt," and had been in an economically poor shape, even compared to the rest of North Korea at the time. The first DPRK had eventually fallen, and a second one had risen, only to fall again, and be replaced by the Republic of Korea. Yet, throughout all of these political changes, Ryanggangg remained a decrepit, dry, mountainous area, dotted with failing, worn out factories, and the occasional sallow faced peasant. The province had yet to feel any of the prosperity of the South, and it was indeed quite unlikely that the cash would flow this far north anytime soon. The area was home to the Hyesan silver mine, one of the largest in the world, but the mine was currently out of operation, and while it most likely would not remain that way for long, it was highly unlikely that Ryanggangg and its long suffering people would ever gain any prosperity from it. After all, most of the decent jobs would go to educated specialists from the South, and the money would most likely flow down south as well, along with the silver. Ryanggangg's other claim to fame was that it was home to Mount Paektu, but a mountain was a mountain, and it wasn't going to put food in anyone's belly.

 

The residents of Ryanggangg were a quiet sort. They suffered what they did, and they moved on about their business. The province was the poorest in Korea, but it was the least likely to experience any revolutions anytime soon.

 

Sadly, there also happened to be a few newcomers to the region. And these newcomers had no intention of living the quiet life...

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Somewhere in Ryanggang Province

 

Sin Jae Yong looked down on the hillside. There, it was inscribed, in letters so large that they could be seen from space "Long Live General Kim Jong-Un, the Shining Sun!" When it came to showing devotion to one's leaders, North Korea had easily been the most grandiose. Yong was not currently in space, and the sheer size of the letters made it impossible for him to read them all from his vantage point. But he didn't need to read them to know what was written there. He had grown up hearing similar phrases. Of course, Kim Jon-Un was long dead, but there was always a new Glorious Leader to praise and worship.

 

At least, there had been, until recently. Now, the North was dead, and the capitalist South ruled the peninsula. Sin Jae Yong intended to revive the North.

 

Yong wasn't really a fanatic. He wasn't as many of his compatriots were, obsessed with the "glory" of the DPRK. Of course, he had a certain amount of disgust for the Southern capitalists, with their constant kowtowing to the Japanese, and their weak, lackluster rule. But he really wanted the DPRK back, because he had lived comfortably under its reign. As an officer in the Special Operations Force, and the son of a powerful official in Pyongyang, he'd lived a privileged life. Of course, the collapse of the DPRK had changed all that. Now, he had a death sentence hanging over his head, as did most people who had been closely related to the Communist government.

 

One of his comrades, Jo Chung-Ryong, walked up to him.

 

"Its time. All the men are in position. I have the truck ready, we've only got a couple hours to go."

 

Yong nodded, and the two men walked to a waiting GAZ-66 truck, and drove off to fight a war that had long been lost.

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Northeastern Ryanggang Province

 

Air Force Base 66 wasn't much to look at. Located in a remote stretch of Northeastern Ryanggang, the airbase was little more than a helipad and a handful of shacks meant to store equipment and to house the handful of base personnel. Base 66 had originally been built by the DPRK, for the purpose of keeping an eye on bandits operating in the sparsely populated area. It was now operated by the Korean Defense Forces.

 

Needless to say, the personnel guarding and operating the base were not the best rained. The KDF was still in shambles, lacking both equipment and training. Fortunately, the KDF now no longer had to equip the personnel at Base 66, mainly because they were all dead.

 

The attack had gone off  as planned. The KDF personnel had been unable to fire even a single shot, as 100 of Yong's Communist soldiers descended on the base, quickly killing anyone they saw. A number of the Communists, including Yong himself, would then hunt down spare KDF uniforms in the base, and put them on. The rest of the soldiers, lead by Chung-Ryong, would quickly and efficiently take any food, ammunition, and clothing that they could find, and disappear back into the barren landscape that surrounded the base. There they would camouflage themselves as best they could, and wait.

 

Yong, along with the remaining soldiers, would while away the hours, poking around the mess hall for any remaining food. Then, they would receive notice that a helicopter was arriving. The insurgents got to their feet, and checked their weapons. The time had come.

 

The approaching helicopter, a UH-60 Black Hawk that was carrying a mid-level Ministry of Defense official who was carrying out an inspection of the region, would transmit a series of codes and request to land. The request would be approved. The helicopter would touch down, and the official would exit the aircraft, where he would be met with a spray of bullets fired from K2 assault rifles. Yong and 15 of his men cut down the official, and boarded the helicopter.

 

Yong looked at the stunned crewmen, and then spoke.

 

"So, how does one fly this capitalist built piece of junk? Without being hit by a Somalian RPG round, that is?"

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The helicopter took off just fine. Inside would be Yong and ten of his men. There were also two pilots, formerly of the Korean People's Air Force. They were unused to the controls of the Black Hawk, as they had formerly flown the Mi-24s of the KPAF. However, they would have to make do with the twenty seconds worth of training they had gotten from the now dead KDF pilots.

 

The helicopter would fly off into the horizon, headed for North Hamgyong Province.

 

Meanwhile, back at the KDF air base, the remaining 88 Communist rebels, now under the command of Jo Chung-Ryong, would vanish. 80 of them would retreat back into the wasteland to a pre-planned rendezvous point. The remaining 8 would remain behind to prepare an ambush.

 

Sure enough, after Seoul noticed that the base was no longer reporting in, another Black Hawk would arrive to see what the hell had happened. Only, as soon as the chopper touched down, it would find itself on the receiving end of four RPG-7 rounds. The helicopter would be destroyed, along with the passengers and crew, and the the remaining rebels would set off to rejoin their comrades.

 

Upon realizing that the helicopter was not responding either, several dozen troops backed by K200s, would be sent. They would find nothing, other than a desecrated ROK flag on the ground, and a DPRK one flying above the base.

 

OOC: Finally got some time to post.

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North Hamgyong Province

 

The stolen Black Hawk would make its way through Korea's airspace surprisingly easily. KDF had not yet been notified of the helicopters disappearance, and by the time they had recieved orders to intercept the Black Hawk, Yong and his men had already reached their destination.

 

The destination was a small, remote village North Hamgyong Province. It was here that the leaders of the surviving Communist forces had gathered, to destroy the Republican government and bring about the return of the DPRK. Yong could have easily driven to the location with his men, rather than stealing the helicopter, but he intended to make an impression on his new comrades. Driving up in a beaten up Soviet made truck did not make nearly as much of an impression as landing in a stolen KDF Black Hawk did. The pilots would land the chopper as best they could in a nearby field, and Yong and his men would hop out to go and meet the other Communist forces.

 

Yong's other forces, which had remained behind at the airbase, would travel by land to reach the location. They would move at night in small groups so as to minimize the chances of detection. Of course, they would be spotted on numerous occasions by peasants and such, but these people would simply keep their heads down and ignore the armed men. The Communist troops would soon reach the village, where they would join up with the soldiers of the other Communist factions. The Communist ranks would slowly swell as more and more former DPRK soldiers joined them. The villagers would be quickly silenced, and in order to prevent detection by aerial patrols and satellites, the Communist troops would be camped in small, camouflaged groups well outside the village, while their leaders and higher ranking officers would move into the dwellings of the villagers.

 

While his men set up camp, Yong, along with the other resistance leaders, would file into the local bar, where they would begin to discuss heir return to power.

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Noticing the silence on its border mysteriously and suddenly appearing.  Imperial forces dispatched scaneagles to monitor the village and surrounding border zone for any sign of problems or threat to Imperial stability.  

 

Of course the Imperial Government was not the only organization to take note.  The Triads also sensed... opportunity.

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While the Korean President had stated that all was under control, the Japanese government was quite a bit worried over the stability of Korea. However, there was not much Japan could do, as long as it's assistence had not been requested and any action would most likely just lend more credit to the communist camp. Still, for the time being, on the Prime Minister's orders, the Korean Development Agency was to cooperate behind the scenes with the Central Intelligence and Research Agency and the Naval Intelligence Bureau. Agents would be dispatched as part of the groups of industrial experts, managers and foremen that came from Japan to work on the development of Northern mining and heavy industry, to keep an eye on the situation and watch popular opinion, so as to give a second source of information besides the word of the Korean government. Additionally, the heavy detroyers Suzuya, Kumano, Mogami and Mikuma were transferred to Maizuru Naval Base to take turns in patrolling the Sea of Japan. If assistence was ever requested, the Suzuya-class with its stand-off artillery and missile armament and their heavy UAV load were deemed most appropriate for the mission.

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Japanese agents keeping an eye on the popular opinion would find that further North one went in the Korean Peninsula, the more apathetic the popular opinion got. While these people were hardly supportive of the DPRK, they really weren't a whole lot interested in the newly created Republic either. It really came down to whoever made sure that they got food and jobs. However, as one went further South, the populace became increasingly supportive of the new government.

 

North Hamgyong Province

 

The meeting was not going as Yong had hoped. The various factions had slowly formed into three groups. One was lead by a former military general, Hyon Yong-chol, who advocated immediately launching an insurgency to overthrow the new government and bring about the Communist return. The other group was lead by Ri Chun-su, the former head of the State Security Department, and possibly the highest ranking communist official that was still out of prison. His faction wished to set up bases outside of Korea, say, in the nearby "White Space" Russia, from where they could launch strikes against Tianxia, Japan, Korea, and if necessary, Russia.

 

And then, there was a third group, which Yong was a part of. This group consisted of the factional leaders who had chosen to remain neutral in the ongoing struggle between Hyon and Ri.

 

It was clear, to Yong, that this meeting had reached a deadlock, and that something needed to be done.

 

"If I may speak," he said, "I think I have a suggestion that could satisfy both sides here. As things currently stand, we have no way to get to the "White Zone" of Russia, as all of the land routes are controlled by Tianxia. That being said, keeping all of our forces to fight within Korea seems risky. I'd say that a partial relocation of our forces to the White Zone would be favorable to our position, but only if we can find a way to get there. Setting up training camps and bases inside the white zone could help us fuel an insurgency inside Korea.

 

We still have contacts and sympathizers in Korea, let us temporarily adjourn this meeting and find out how many of them are still alive and willing to help us set up a route to the white zone, then we, once we know just how many assets we have, we can meet again and pool our resources."

 

The leaders of most of the other factions would be in agreement. The meeting would be adjourned, and messages would be sent out to discover how many of the DPRK's friends remained loyal to to the Red Star.

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North Hamgyong Province

 

Not all of the former DPRK military had remained loyal. Some had found a trade that was more profitable than slaying imperialists.

 

Banditry had returned to Korea, as a number of DPRK units decided there really wasn't any point in heading to the communist rendezvous. These units had decided to use their weapons and skills to raid small, remote northern villages for anything of value. These groups were relatively small and lightly armed, and would rarely come out on the right end of an engagement with the KDF. But they weren't looking to start such an engagement. They stuck to areas that had little economic value and no foreign workers, so as to avoid garnering attention, attention that would force Seoul's hand.

 

One such group, lead by In Ji Seon, had become increasingly bold, and large. Instead of sticking to the mountainous north. it would begin hitting targets further south. One fine afternoon, Seon and his men, armed with AK-47s, would ride into a tiny fishing village on Korea's northeastern coast. They would ransack the area, and as per standard operating procedure, attempt to disappear.

 

Only, they would run into a small problem, in the form of a KDF Ah-1 Cobra that had been patrolling the area, keeping an eye out for communist rebels. The helicopter would notice the bandits setting several houses alight as they exited the village, and open fire. Seon and his men would suddenly find their vehicles under fire from the helicopter's 20mm gun and Hydra rockets. Seon himself would survive, but many of his men would be killed. The survivors would leave the trucks and flee for what cover there was. The KDF would dispatch some troops to search the area, but by then, the marauders would be gone.

 

Seon and the survivors would, by pure chance, find themselves fleeing in the general direction of where the communist forces had camped out in North Hamgyong.

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A Siberian tiger would arrive and eat all of the would-be rebels. the tiger would then raid their vodka stockpiles, only to find them subpar. The villagers would begin desperately trying to order REAL vodka from Russia, preferably Belorussian vodka, in an effort to find something to appease the hungry(and thirsty) beast.

 

Messages would be sent to vodka producers in Russia.

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The lack of response from Russia would prove to be fatal for the villagers. They would all be devoured by the increasingly hungry tiger, which would then continue its hunt for something to drink elsewhere. It would then run into Ji Seon and his surviving men. It would eat them too, and on their carcasses, the tiger would find a few bottles of decent vodka. Its thirst now sated, the the tiger would vanish into the night.

 

The end, everyone lived happily ever after.

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