Korea

Korea

Korea
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Population 98,136,000
SINless Population (est.) 12%
Per Capita Income 21,000
Below Poverty Level 20%
Megacorporate Affiliation 61%
Education:
Less than 12 years 15%
GED 42%
4 year degree 30%
Masters or higher 13%
Major Language Korean (94%)
Currency Won
(1,000 Won = 1 Nuyen)
Capital Seoul

Korea is an Asian paradox: it has a love-hate relationship with Japan and a tech-addicted society that holds dearly to ancient traditions. Government propaganda to the contrary, Korea is a military dictatorship modeled after Chung-Hee Park and Doo-Hwan Chun’s regimes in the 1970-80s.

The Matrix is an omnipresent, familiar aspect of a Korean’s everyday life: they use it for everything from groceries to religion. Matrix gaming is huge in Korea, with the best players becoming trideo stars and crushing Japanese competitors. Even runners do a lot of their biz online—some people have never met a Mr. Kim in person. The technophile attitude extends to other parts of society as well. SOTA augmentations are standard and many people sport visible or cosmetic ‘ware, especially if it makes them look a little more like their idols (orxploitation is the current fad). Though this ain’t Chiba, local clinics are very good and focus on headware. Combat cyberware is harder to acquire, though, as the government is pretty strict about it.

Korea is an economic powerhouse, with much of its wealth concentrated in the foreign megas and the local chaebols. It is also a hotspot for the conflict between the Pacific Prosperity Group and the Japanacorps, as evidenced by Kwonsham Industries’ latest problems. The story is complex and dirty, but it boils down to Kwonsham getting cocky and trying to seize Shiawase’s Hephaestus Technologies. By the time the Japanese buried the hatchet, Kwonsham’s stock made for good toilet paper. Shiawase was moving in for the kill when the government came to Kwonsham’s rescue. In an effort to stabilize Kwonsham’s finances, the Korean Agency for Economic Security has loaned billions of wons to CEO Kim Jae-kyung. Shiawase has threatened to take the matter to the Corporate Court, citing unlawful government interference or some drek like that.

All the major Japanacorps have some presence in Korea, from Shiawase’s gigantic steel mills in Pyongyang to Sony Entertainment’s Matrix games division. They’ve sunk their claws far too deep to leave the country unharmed if they pull out, something they never forget to insinuate when meeting with President Lee. North American corps have a smaller presence but enjoy a much warmer welcome. Ares has grown in influence at the expense of the Japanese, selling weapons at a loss to the Army to hook them up and win friends within the top brass. Federated-Boeing has long been active in Korea, supplying civilian airplanes to Asiana Airtech and ETC’s Korean Airlines as well as combat aircraft to the Air Force. As a matter of fact, most of the military’s contracts are handled by non-Japanese corps; right now, Ares and Yamatetsu are fighting over the Navy’s contract for ten new coastal warships.

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