Korean People's Army
|Democratic People's Republic of Korea|
|The hammer, the scythe and the spear of the working class|
|Type||Quantum Minor Faction|
"The country established by the will of the people,
Breasting the raging waves with soaring strength.
Glorifying forever this Korea, limitlessly rich and strong,
Let the Way be shone."
- - "Aegukka"
The Korean People's Army is North Korea's militia force. The KPA uses masses of conscripts and walkers to traverse uphill terrain and overwhelm the enemy, equipped with cutting-edge technology with the hope that they can disable an enemy's advantages.
At a Glance
|Playstyle||Assault via "impassable" terrain.|
|Theatre of Operations||Hills, mountain ranges|
|Strengths||Large numbers; able to traverse hills and terrain obstacles; heavy use of walkers; cost-effective|
|Weaknesses||Units do not excel at given roles; walkers not as strong as tanks|
|Motives||Killing Capitalists and Royalists, Unification of Korea|
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was born in fire. At the time, Korea was united under the Joseon Emperor, who had made his nation into an effective vassal of the Empire of the Rising Sun, unable to draw away from Japa's orbit. With his corrupt rule, the people struggled as the upper class lived in luxury while the lower class of Korea lived in poverty and the middle class of Korea was constantly squeezed dry by its wealthiest members. Officials from Western or Eastern powers would come and boss people around, living like a miniaturized version of the policies in the terminal phase of Imperial China, above the laws of Korea and with all the supposed wealth of their investments seeming to disappear into rich pockets.
This state of affairs, of course, bred people demanding a change like hungry dogs demanding juicy steaks. Kim Il-Sung came to rise and instated a long-running communist insurgency against the Empire, demanding that the lower and middle classes rise against those who would oppress and loot them. He said that the world revolution which began in the Soviet Union must also spread to Korea and from there, to Asia, then all over the world. People listened to him, and they began a guerrilla war against the Imperial government, a long and arduous struggle of resistance with both peaceful and violent means. But revolution is never easy, and it was difficult to get it going when the enemy had tanks and airplanes, no matter how primitive.
Holding Bayonets More Firmly
Stalin launched his East Asian operations to reverse the fortunes of the Communist insurgencies in Asia. Soviet troops from the nation with the world's highest GDP and a population now only scarcely behind the former British Raj and China poured in. Though at first his focus was on China, Stalin turned to Korea in due time. With the starving, incompetent, and poorly equipped KMT armies in total collapse, he freed up a million troops to pour into the peninsula. Against him, the Joseon could do nothing. Their aging tanks from the '20s could not penetrate even the rear armor of a Sohka, never mind an Anvil. Soviet jets annihilated the small air force of the Empire of Korea, and the Red Navy barely registered that of the Joseon as a speed bump.
As MCVs set about building up Korean industry, the Soviets prepared to launch their final assault at a tiny stretch of beach where the last of the Empire of Korea's forces were going to make a stand. Then, the Japanese came. Already wanting to intervene in Korea to protect their interests, the Empire of the Rising Sun realized that it could gain a great number of concessions from the Allies for intervening. The price the Empire asked for its intervention was enormous: a huge sum of money, portions of Alaska including the Aleutian Islands, America's island territories such as Hawaii, a number of humiliating demands from the ROC, and recognition of the Empire's exclusive sphere of influence in Korea. The purpose of this plan was to essentially force the nation that Yoshiro saw as the true threat to his future ambitions, America, essentially concede the Pacific to his nation.
Onwards Toward the Final Victory
Japanese intervention is what rescued the Joseon dynasty as well as the Republic of China from complete collapse. Soviet forces, which were preparing to move back to other fronts, were caught unprepared and off-guard by the Empire's sudden strikes and were thrown back over the Yalu River. Afterwards, the reds were already looking to properly annex Korea while Japanese soldiers played havoc in Siberia and the Chinese interior. Then came the Chinese from Manchuria, millions of them, followed by returning Soviet forces and the DPRK's most violent insurgency yet. Japanese forces retreated in disarray to the 38th parallel, where the Communist forces fought them to a standstill after they regrouped. Eventually recognizing that no one was going to get anywhere within this contest, a peace treaty was signed, dividing Korea into North and South. The North would become a prosperous, industrialized state, while the South resumed most of its prior policies, just with the Empire being its sole backer.
Now that a period of peace had begun, North Korea settled into a time focusing primarily on economic development, with Kim Il-Sung analyzing the programs of Stalin and Mao and making his own revisions. He agreed with the need to industrialize rapidly, but disagreed with the belief that heavy industry was the primary focus of communist economic reform, using the lessons from the mistakes made in past collectivization attempts to properly build up agriculture. This resulted in a state of red plenty that was held as a model for the rest of the socialist world. In one instance, tall and fit North Korean soldiers taunt their Southern counterparts by eating large and tasty meals in front of them at the DMZ. Red China would come to heavily rely on North Korea for aid and the latter would experience a population boom from its large surplus of food, further expanding its economy. Then, during World War III, North Korea had a further boom in its wealth. Coupled with a Soviet Union desperate to shore up communist leaders worldwide, Kim Il-Sung quickly allowed rubles to flow into the country, supporting the PRC to the north, giving aid to insurgents in Vietnam, and continually acting as a focal point of Imperial attention in Korea as the back-and-forth slugfest of a second war resumed with the Japanese-backed south.
The Hermit Kingdom
When the atomic bombs dropped, the North Koreans realized that they needed to desperately seal themselves away. The world had gotten far stranger, more dangerous. They became a hermit kingdom, toiling away in secret and letting few foreigners into the country. Soviet visitors reported that the North Koreans were wholeheartedly communist, and that the economy was strong, but something was wrong. North Korea was somehow communist, and not communist, instead forming what could only be described as a cult around the Kim family. In the months following the atomic holocaust, only North Korea’s special forces were even tentatively allowed to venture into the radioactive hell that was China. But as reports from the outside trickled back in through contact with Soviet forces and Chinese survivors, North Korea has realized that it needs to start pushing outside, unsealing itself for the first time in months and tentatively re-allowing visitors. For this, though, the DPRK has decided to push through a theater of warfare uncommon to everyone else in the world: mountains.
As the two Koreas are both mostly situated on high-altitude terrain (mountains constitute 80% the North's landmass and 70% of the South's), the North Korean military has begun to restructure its equipment and forces with the goal of traversing the numerous mountain ranges of the peninsula. Claimed to be "Italy's Alpine Corps on steroids" by Allied analysts, the Korean People's Army's Mountaineering Corps is becoming less and less the faceless mass of soldiers and tanks the Allied media has stereotyped them to be. This means that the EoK penal soldiers will have to face a faceless mass of infantry and walkers as well as its legendary, faceless special forces. And even the North Koreans think that those aren't enough, evidenced by worrying reports of their stockpiled ballistic missiles, coordinates of their targets already being plotted and just waiting for the command to fire.
Them, Glorious Mountaineers
"...a new year has arrived for The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and we are still at war with the Japanese imperialists who have brainwashed our brothers in the South. While their capitalist armies have been corrupted by using their own lawbreakers as their cannon fodder, our Glorious Leader has ensured that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will remain as the brightest shining light of socialism and progress in the world. Thus, our Glorious Mountaineers shall scale the hills of Korea to incinerate those imperialists in a blaze of righteousness ahead of our peerless standard divisions, our matchless airborne divisions, our fearless marines, and our dauntless commando corps. In righteousness, there is war. In war, there is security. And in security, there is liberty."
- - North Korean propaganda reel, played in theaters nationwide every New Year's day, as recorded by a visiting KGB agent.
|Senitnel||Selected from those who volunteer from the standard divisions, the marines, or the airborne and pass a grueling course that teaches the ins and outs of mountain warfare designed to make men into supermen, Sentinels are noticeable for their alpine gear, which both keeps their temperatures comfortably warm on bitterly cold mountains (though they shed them for lighter clothes in warmer climes) and allows them to scale terrain others would find impassible. Armed relatively simply with a carbine version of the ADK-45, they can deploy skis to move substantially more quickly downhill at the price of going slower when they go uphill.|
|Watcheye||Permanently stealthed sharp shooters in a class of their own trained to fight in the harshest of mountain environments, Watcheyes employ anti-material rifles with special armor-piercing discarding sabot bullets and ultra-high velocity systems to greatly enhance their penetration against enemy vehicles while airplanes have special exploding fin-stabilized penetrator bullets used against them. They can also put their bulky rifles aside and decide to stab enemy infantry to death instead.|
|Irradiator||Given a toxin and radiation resistant suit based on an early design for the Soviet Desolator and a cannon that spills deadly green chemicals "developed" by the People's Ministry for Science and Technological Development as well as the training to use these in alpine terrain, Irradiators honour their names and kill infantry and light vehicles in record time. They can also put their backpacks on self-destruct and throw them away to contaminate the surrounding. However, they are unarmed until they get a replacement (although they run faster due to lower equipment weight).|
|Patrol Agent||Close combat specialists, Patrol agents have snowboards... with engines that act like snowblowers when on terrain like snow or sand that can switch to tracks when on terrain like dirt or rock. Armed with quick firing twelve gauge shotguns and frag grenades to keep people's heads down, Patrol Agents are some of the most unusual assault infantry seen in any army.|
|Long Sentry||A team of two equipped with a light-weight, collapsible mortar, Long Sentries provide mortar support to the Mountaineering Corps and are equipped with a clever modification of battlesuit technology from the Soviet Union; stripping out most of the heavy armor save for the legs and working in variations of the jump mechanisms and shock absorbers from the Sickle to let them jump to where they are needed or to help get them out of sticky situations.|
|People's Helper Drone||Similar to the Soviet Crisis Drones, People's Helpers are extensively modified to be able to crawl to where they are needed in the harshest of terrain and administer supplies needed for healing. Modified so that the drone itself can pass out the supplies, the Drone heals infantry around it at a slower pace than a deployed crisis drone, but the drone is also capable of burrowing, hiding to prevent others from targeting it, though it obviously cannot fire in such a state.|
|Cheetah Transport||An indigenous mountaineering transport walker, the Cheetah's great suspension allows up to ten soldiers to take a ride. To defend itself, it can disable the tracks and wheels of enemy vehicles for a while with special corrosion grenades so it can flee or unload its occupants to take care of the enemy.|
|Gladiator Walker||A series of formidable mass-produced main battle walkers capable of traversing terrain that normal tanks wouldn't dream of, Gladiators feature families of shell types, standard and high-penetration, the latter dealing less damage overall but capable of hitting multiple enemies in a line. With its two barrels, the Gladiator is quite distinctive on the battlefield.|
|Hwacha Rocket Walker||A walker equipped with rocket artillery and possessing a high rate of fire for area saturation, the Hwacha can load Tesla rockets that disable structures and fry infantry inside of buildings or out in the open.|
|Storm Tyrant Walker||A colossus of the battlefield, the Storm Tyrant was built as a joint project between North Korea and the USSR to house a battery of four 203mm heavy cruiser cannons in a walker that could level fortifications, scatter armies, and give stern chastisements to naval war vessels. Though meant as an artillery piece, the Storm Tyrant is quite heavily armored, and can garrison four infantry who may fire out of this juggernaut which may scale mountains to act as close in defense (though it can just crush most vehicles).|
|Sky Tiger||An indigenous high altitude helicopter, the Sky Tiger is meant for two duties; bunker busting and suppression. The former is provided by concussive rockets that while mostly stunning to tanks, severely rattle structures, the latter comes in the form of a 20mm gatling gun that can make infantry think twice of coming out of cover. Quite similar to the Twinblade, the Sky Tiger sacrifices transport capacity for greater agility. The secondary arms air to air missiles, allowing it to engage other aircraft with more than just its gatling gun, though it is only particularly potent against other helicopters and flying infantry.|
|Whiteshark Sub||A medium speed sub armed with Tesla torpedoes which deal exceptional damage to enemy ships and infantry. It can activate its sonar, which reveals its own position and that of any enemy sub or stealthed ship. The sonar also kills seaborne infantry foolish enough to be near it.|
|Party Headquarters||A massive barracks and supply facility, the Party Headquarters acts as the central staging point for North Korean forces to join the battle, though it is not well armored compared to the headquarters of other forces, meaning commanders need to take care when using it.|
|Flak Tower||Enormous and imposing anti-aircraft fortifications that are both much more permanent and substantially larger than field built versions of the same (though even larger and more formidable versions of these flak towers guard the Korean cities themselves), Flak Towers wield four twin linked 85mm guns and eight quad--linked 23mm guns, giving just about any aircraft that approaches these imposing fortifications a bristling and painful lesson in firepower. These structures are not built, but captured, and are usually important fixtures on the maps they are present on. They can be upgraded for a considerable sum (during which they cannot fire) to have a single twinlinked 107mm autoloaded gun and six triple 57mm guns, upgrading their firepower considerably.|
|Thunderer Battery||Wielding powerful naval guns, the Thunderer battery packs triple 180mm guns capable of slam dunking an enemy force into submission under the weight of its rapid firing, autoloaded shells mounted in a naval style turret.The secondary switches between stagger fired shells and barrage fired shells.|
|Retaliator Guns||Twin 130mm guns in powerful turrets, Retaliators are aimed directly at enemy vehicles, which, not being equipped to slug it out with guns of this magnitude, tend to get obliterated quite quickly. The secondary switches to indirect fire, which reduces accuracy and damage, but increases range substantially.|
|Strong Point||Bunkers capable of holding six men, Strong Points also mount a quad 14.5mm machine gun on top of them, making them especially dangerous to infantry and light vehicles.|
2nd Artillery Corps
Built around escorting and safekeeping a Nodong Rocket Launcher, these units of the KPA 2nd Artillery Corps can not only provide extreme long range fire support but also vital services such as vehicular transport and air defense to the mountaineers.
|Hwarang||Essentially a reverse of their counterparts seen among the Red Chinese, the Hwarang fight with flak cannons that are a third lighter and substantially more comfortable than their Soviet counterparts (making use of a design rejected by the Soviets themselves) and incendiary grenades against infantry whom the flak cannons are less useful against. As alpine training is part of a Hwarang's training they can provide cover for their alpine comrades.|
|Ripper Repair Vehicle||A mobile repair station, the Ripper may deploy and send out two drones to take care of field repairs. It also sports a mine flail which in a pinch can rip infantry to shreds.|
|Dragon's Breath||Named for the stream of tracers fired, the Dragon's Breath has a pair of 14.5mm gatling cannons and a brace of MANPAD SAMs that are very dangerous to nearby aircraft, though they primarily serve to suppress them. A Dragon's Breath can unveil a mortar that fires a blinding starflare into the sky that greatly affects the accuracy of planes affected.|
|Nodong Rocket Artillery||An artillery piece that rolls slowly on its many wheels, it relies entirely on spotters to deliver its warhead. Expensive and thin skinned, it takes ages to reload. But once it is done reloading...|
|Firefox Interceptor||A close relative to the Soviet MiG, the Firefox sports strong weaponry and medium speed in exchange for mediocre belly armour.|
|Assault Helix||A variant of the Helix meant for pressing into assaults as opposed to the Commando Helix's less combat oriented mission, the Assault Helix is a behemoth armed with a trio of 57mm autocannons that replace the less powerful 60mm grenade launchers and 23mm gatling gun and the capacity for eight infantry or a vehicle.|
Behind the Scenes
The KPA take inspiration from the faceless nameless mooks of fiction, from the hordes of German soldiers mowed down in World War II movies to the dozens of SPECTRE mooks killed by James Bond. They also draw a little from Red Alert 2 for the design of their walkers (the discarded concepts anyway) and for the Irradiator as well as for the uniforms of their other infantry which should generally be reminiscent of the RA2's faceless conscript and flak trooper.
Quantum Minor Faction
|Infantry||Mountaineer • Watcheye • Irradiator • Long Sentry • Patrol Agent|
|Vehicles||Cheetah Transport • Gladiator Walker • Hwacha Rocket Walker • Storm Tyrant Walker|
|Naval Craft||Whiteshark Sub|
|Buildings||Party Headquarters • Flak Tower • Thunderer Battery • Retaliator Guns • Strong Point|
|2nd Artillery Corps||Hwarang • Ripper Repair Vehicle • Dragon's Breath • Nodong Rocket Artillery • Firefox Interceptor • Assault Helix|
|Detailed Information||North Korean Characters|
| Atlantean Ascendancy • Unification Concordiat • Norse Fylkirate • Indo-Pacific Defense Initiative|
Pangaean Generation • Reactionary Guard • Enlightened Conclave • Kumun Hegemony
|Quantum Minor Factions|
| Korean People's Army • EoK Penal Divisions • Darkwater Industries • Dread Corsairs|
Balkan Rebellion • Katipunan • 20px Forgotten Flotilla • Iron Fangs
|Quantum Tech Building Factions|
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