EoK Penal Divisions

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Empire of Korea
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General
Playstyle Amphibious Special Operations
Faction Colour Liberty
Type Quantum Minor Faction
Dev. Status Conceptual

"And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole.
No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried.
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading, I denied.
That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried."

-Merle Haggard, "Mama Tried"

The EoK Penal Divisions are a fan-faction made up of criminals and rejects. The EoK Penal Divisions are expensive but effective amphibious units made to be expendable soldiers.

At a Glance

Faction Color Liberty
Playstyle Amphibious Special Operations
Theatre of Operations Rivers, shores, hills
Strengths High ROF, damage; all units amphibious; capable of taking high amounts of damage
Weaknesses High cost; vehicles average or less
Motives Pardon, Nationalism, Money, Women, Killing Communists, Unification of Korea
Basic Look

Diplomatic Relations

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Background

Royally Screwed

South Korea has technically been in a two decade war with North Korea, since their only peace agreement has been a cease-fire that hasn’t officially been made into a peace (a common joke in diplomatic circles is that it’s not a peace treaty unless you go to Paris for the conference). This has devolved into a massive fortified border on both sides, lined with mines, watchtowers, and patrolled for miles by both forces' militaries.

What South Korea didn't have was money. The rest of the Allied member-states were typically able to afford the cost of high technology, or at least a well-equipped military force. The Joseon Empire has primarily been backed by the Empire of the Rising Sun during the Korean War, and the Japanese are now assisting South Korea in producing high-tech goods. The hope is that eventually, these products will manage to become strong competition against Western products, not stained with the stigma of being made by the Japanese. Until then, the Empire of Korea has to make do with second-hand Allied equipment simply to arm it's troops.

As can be imagined, this has left South Korea desperate for a trump card to play in it's defense. Suffice to say, there was little. The only real claim that South Korea had was that it held back North Korea from taking everything else. Then North Korea started a border conflict, and a new resource was uncovered. It turned out that many of South Korea's best soldiers were arrested and convicted of crimes during their military service. Ethnic Japanese-Koreans convicted of defending themselves from being killed languished in stockades alongside demolitions wizards who got a little too happy in making their creations while off duty. Capitalizing on this newfound resource, the South Koreans quickly took a few leaves from the Soviets' own flak troopers and the 'Browncoat' programs of the Contingent.

Rallying all kinds of prisoners ranging from petty thieves to hardened gangsters, the newly-christened "Empire of Korea Penal Divisions" graciously offered them a chance to serve their respective sentences (and even get pardoned if they survived long enough) while being of service to the country at the same time. The offers were largely successful, as various criminals willingly turned themselves in for various reasons, such as giving aid to their families or going around killing people they didn't like in a legal setting, or more. Actually, the higher-ups within the EoKPD found that the homicidal tendencies of captured killers and the kleptomaniacal urges of convicted carjackers can instead be put to good use especially in all kinds of operations, even if not everybody comes back alive afterwards.

Despite skepticism by other Allied member-states and members of the Japanese Diet due to doubts if this so-called "ragtag bands of misfits" will be able to stop the Red Menace just to the north of them, the EoK quickly shoots them down by noting how serving one's country and their sentence both can be a more preferable fate than living the rest of their sentence cryogenically frozen at somewhere. The prisoners themselves are locked and ready for any operation they are tasked to do, most likely because they have only three outcomes: seeing their families again, ending up six feet under, or languishing in their personal cells.

Cutpurses and Criminals

"[CENSORED] you."

- Unknown South Korean Penal Marine, when asked what he thought of his service in Vietnam.

Units

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Penal Marine Amphibious prisoners-turned-warriors, the Marines are armed with some of the cheapest gear available to South Korea. Sporting both assault rifles and rocket launchers which are used whenever needed, Marines are allowed to call in an artillery strike once in a while. Some of the shells employed this way may remain as makeshift mines.
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Hijacker If you want to disable or empty enemy vehicles, these criminals are in for the job. Armed with knives and smarts, they can run over and kill infantry as well as work with vehicles. All the while they are stealthed when not killing.
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Irregular Irregulars are usually taken from arsonists and explosives experts not known for their stability. In the field, these personnel can use their expertise for ostensibly good purposes by the means of bombs, bombs, and more bombs. Every once in a while, they can choose to unveil their 'special gift' to North Korea: a more powerful bomb that deals great harm to anyone it touches when it explodes, ignoring all kinds of resistances.
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Transport Bus A school bus requisitioned for military use, the Penal Bus serves as the primary transport for the Penal Divisions, modified to become "amphibious" with the addition of some cheap pontoons and a couple of armor plates.
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Gataekshin MBT A medium tank, the amphibious Gataekshin can conceal itself as an enemy vehicle and transport up to 3 soldiers across land and water with equal ease. Its autocannon is moderately effective against all mobile ground targets and its scanners can find hostiles in a good radius.
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Fake Gataekshin MBT A fake Gataekshin Tank that cannot load infantry or shoot or scan for hostiles, but is incredibly cheap in return. It's useful as a distraction and can blow up, dealing at least some damage to infantry.
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Chilsungshin Tank Destroyer An amphibious tank destroyer which cannot shoot while on water, as it needs to dig in to ease its own recoil. On the other hand, when dug in it is concealed and can fire up to seven shots in quick succession before it needs to reload.
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Yongwang Torpedo Boat Fast torpedo boats that can also employ depth charges against subs, the Yongwang can switch to a triple anti-air machinegun to clear the skies of pesky aircraft.

Buildings

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Staging Area Essentially a thick canvas tent with metal walls surrounding it, the Staging Area is where EoK forces receive their orders to move out into the combat area.
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MASH Tent Popularized in the Korean War, the MASH tent acts the same as its Indian cousin, healing nearby friendly soldiers. Unfortunately, the EoK variant does not seem to patch up infantry to the same level as the Indian ones...
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MG Nest An easily-constructed foxhole with a Browning MG inside it, the MG Nest compensates for its lack of firepower with unmatched rate of fire, raining death at enemy infantry and helicopters.
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RCLR Post Consisting of an MXX recoilless rifle and its gunner, the RCLR Post is a pillbox specialized against enemy armor, firing small artillery shells from long range that can take down tanks from the sheer number of shells flying at their direction.

Deathmatch Reinforcements

EoK Special Operations Regimental Combat Force
As the Penal Divisions themselves are expendable as far as Korean military officials are concerned, the EoK SORCF make their appearance after the Penal Divisions have softened the enemy enough for the SORCF to mop them up. Capable of supporting the convict soldiers, they serve as the primary strike team for the EoK to hit hard at the weak points of their enemies.

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Penal Officer The men charged with overseeing the Penal Divisions, Penal Officers carry heavy pistols and can rile up their men to fight harder than even they think possible.
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EoK Cadre The actual soldiers of the EoK military, Cadres provide suppressive fire and armor-piercing explosives for the Penal Division.
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Haechi Tank A sturdy local design, the Haechi possesses surprising agility for its size. An answer to North Korean walkers and vehicles, the Haechi can temporarily swap its normal shells for high-explosive AP ones, dealing a lot of splash damage while hitting tanks harder.
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Baridegi Field Hospital These vehicles possess the equipment to clean chemical spills caused by their enemies as well as enough med-packs to heal all friendly soldiers in a radius. They need to deploy for the latter, though.
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Black Eagle A superior fighter bomber with an array of weapons, its greatest one however is speed and maneuverability.
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Frogman Elite amphibious infantry trained for underwater demolition missions, the EoK frogmen can instantly sink hostile naval craft and kill swimming enemies with only packs of C4 and machine pistols. They are just equally as dangerous on land as well as in water, shown by their ability to breach enemy buildings and destroy them from the inside with C4.

Behind the Scenes

The Penal Divisions are inspired by war movies like the Dirty Dozen and Kelly's Heroes, involving misfit criminal troops who manage to succeed against all odds.

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Penal Divisions of the Empire of Korea
Quantum Minor Faction
Infantry Penal MarineHijackerIrregular
Vehicles Dokaebbi 4x4Gataekshin MBTFate Gataekshin MBTChilsungshin Tank DestroyerJacheongbi Artillery
Naval Craft Yongwang Torpedo Boat
Buildings Staging Area • MASH Tent • MG Nest • RCLR Post
EoK SORCF Penal OfficerEoK CadreHaechi TankBaridegi Field HospitalBlack EagleFrogman
Detailed Information South Korean Characters