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Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Chronology of Shin Koihime Musou Revolution and Korean Current Affairs, EXPLAINED.

After BaseSon launched the Collection Series of Shin Koihime Eiyuutan 123+PLUS last year, this company planned to launch three different stories for Shin Koihime Musou Revolution - Wei, Wu and Shu Kingdoms. The first game which is Shin Koihime Musou Revolution: The Firmament of the Chaos King will be scheduled to launch on July 28th 2017. The other two stories, 'Sun Wu's Bloodline' and 'The Great Ambition of Liu's Banner' will be launched in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Coincidentally, these releases are reflecting to the current issues in Korea as well.

Recently in this year, the outgoing President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye was totally impeached in an unanimous 8-0 by the Constitutional Court of Korea. In prior to the impeachment, the National Assembly made a move by garnering the majority of 234 votes in favour to impeach President Park. The impeachment of the First Female President of the Republic of Korea caused by influence-peddling by her confidante, Choi Soon-sil, corruption among chaebols and ministers in her cabinet and her incompetence in handling Sewol-ho sinking which claimed 304 lives where the majority of the victims are the students of Danwon High School.

The Gwanghwamun Plaza at Sejongno, Seoul Jongno-gu witnessed the wave of dissatisfied protesters demanded the impeachment of President Park and justice for the Sewol-ho Sinking victims. It is the largest mass demonstrations in South Korean History with 1.9 million and 2.32 million participants nationwide respectively, surpassing June Struggle in 1987.

In 2018, the 33rd Winter Olympic Games will be held at PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. It will be the first Winter Olympic Games and second Olympic Games in South Korea; the 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. PyeongChang will also be the third East Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo, Japan (1972), and Nagano, Japan (1998); and the first Winter Games in Continental Asia. There are two counties and a city in Gangwon Province involved in the Winter Olympics which are PyeongChang, Jeongseon and Gangneung. The Games are gathered around two main venues, the mountain resort of Alpensia for the outdoor sports (Nordic and alpine skiing, bobsled) and the coastal city of Gangneung for the indoor sports (figure skating, hockey, curling). In addition, there are two mountain stand alone venues located at Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang and Bukpyeong-myeon, Jeongseon respectively.

The main spotlight of next year's Winter Olympics is the homecoming of Viktor Ahn Hyun-soo to Korea. According to Russian Media, Viktor Ahn wants to compete in one more Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in his birth nation in 2018. He said that he would probably decide in 2015 or 2016 if he would strive for a third Olympics in 2018 and that it would be dependent on his health. In addition, Ahn is planning to retire from sports after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Ahn was the most decorated male athlete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, winning three gold medals and one bronze. He also won three golds and one bronze for South Korea at Torino 2006 before switching to Russia. If Ahn competes at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics in his home nation against skaters from his birth country, he would be one of the most scrutinised athletes, perhaps the most scrutinised.

For the next two years, Korea will celebrate the Centennial Celebration of Samil-Manse Independence Movement. The Samil Movement came as a result of the repressive nature of colonial occupation under the military rule of the Japanese Empire following 1905 Eulsa Restriction Treaty, and the "Fourteen Points" outlining the right of national "self-determination" proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919. After hearing news of Wilson’s speech, Korean students studying in Tokyo published a statement demanding freedom from colonial rule. Adding to this was the death of former Emperor Gojong-Gwangmu on January 21st 1919. There was widespread suspicion that he had been poisoned, credible since previous attempts (the "coffee plot") were well-known.

At 2 PM on March 1st 1919, 33 activists who formed the core of the Samil Movement convened at Taehwagwan Restaurant in Seoul and read the Korean Declaration of Independence that had been drawn up by historian Choi Nam-seon. These include Nakpo Yoo Yeo-dae, the Presbyterian Pastor hailed from Uiju County, Present-day Northern Pyeongan Province, DPRK and notable Korean Independence Activist. The activists initially planned to assemble at Tapgol Park in downtown Seoul, but chose a more private location out of fear that the gathering might turn into a riot. The leaders of the movement signed the document and sent a copy to the Governor General.

Despite the activists' concerns, massive crowds assembled in Pagoda Park to hear a student, Chung Jae-yong, read the declaration publicly. Afterwards, the gathering formed into a peaceable procession, which the Japanese military police attempted to suppress. Special delegates associated with the movement also read copies of the independence proclamation from appointed places throughout the country at 2 PM on that same day.

As the processions continued to grow, the Japanese local and military police could not control the crowds. The panicked Japanese officials called in military forces to quell the crowds including the naval forces. As the public protests continued to grow, the suppression turned to violence resulting in massacres and other atrocities. In one notable example, Japanese police herded the inhabitants of the village of Jeam-ri into a locked church before burning it to the ground, even shooting through the burning windows to ensure that no one made it out alive.

Approximately 2,000,000 Koreans had participated in the more than 1,500 demonstrations, many who were massacred by the Japanese police force and army. The frequently cited The Bloody History of the Korean Independence Movement (Hangul: 한국독립운동지혈사/Hanja: 韓國獨立運動之血史) by Park Eun-sik reported 7,509 people killed, 15,849 wounded, and 46,303 arrested. From March 1 to April 11, Japanese officials reported 553 people killed with over 12,000 arrested, 8 policemen and military killed, and 158 wounded. Many arrested were taken to the infamous Seodaemun Prison in Seoul where they faced torture, death without trial or due process.

The March 1st Movement provided a catalytic momentum for the Korean Independence Movement. The ensuing suppression and hunting down of activists by the Japanese resulted in the expatriation of Korean leaders into Manchuria, Shanghai and other parts of China where they continued their activities. The Movement was a catalyst for the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai in April 1919 and also influenced nonviolent resistance in India and many other countries. The Korean Liberation Army was also subsequently formed and allowed to operate in China by the Nationalist Government of China. The movement also saw a rise in mobilisation of Catholic and Protestant activists as well as activism mobilised in the USA, China and Russia.

On May 24th 1949, March 1st was designated a national holiday in South Korea, known as Samil-jeol (삼일절/三一節). General Choe Hong-hui dedicated the first of the three patterns (삼일 틀 – Sam-il teul) trained by III degree black belts of taekwondo to the Sam-il Movement.