South Korea/Deep state
| South Korea/Deep state|
|Formation||24 July 1948|
|The South Korean Deep state was partially exposed after the Korean National Intelligence Service was engaged in vote rigging and using trolls to try to get Park Geun-hye elected.|
- Full article: Korean War
- Full article: Korean War
The Korean War killed or injured millions of Koreans and devastated the country. It also confirmed the de facto partition which had emerged after the defeat of Japan at the end of World War II and established the position of the US Deep state as firmly in charge (as also did in Japan).
When World War 2 ended, the southern part of the Korean peninsula, formerly a colony of Japan, passed to US rule, while the northern part came under Soviet control.
Scrambling to find a power base for an administration of its area of influence, the US chose to rely on several reactionary factions. )
- One noticeable group was the former collaborators with Japan, especially in the colonial police and members of the Japanese Imperial Forces, who essentially formed the core of the new South Korean police, intelligence services and army. )
- Another was the feudal landlords and aristocracy, tainted by collaboration, but still maintaining their wealth and influence.)
- A third noticeable group was the refugees from the north of the peninsula, including feudal landlords and their private goon squads, that with US support founded anti-communist groups that to this day have large influence in the South.)
- Fourthly, fundamentalist Christian groups/sects, like the Unification movement ('Moonies'), under pastor Sun Myung Moon, have an outsize influence in the power system.)
During the Korean war, the security apparatus (military, police, intelligence services) was deeply aligned their US counterparts, creating an integrated system where the US had the final say. This deep state system remains in place to this day.)
The Korea economy is dominated by a few large companies.
In 2016 it emerged that the President Park Geun-hye had been sharing classified documents with Choi Soon-sil since at least 2013. This lead to her been regarded as a puppet leader. Massive peaceful demonstrations ensued in Seoul. She hung on for months but eventually resigned.
The Korean National Intelligence Service was engaged in election rigging using trolls to try to get her elected, and that "The Chosun Papers (the country’s largest daily), had likely been aware of critical components of the scandal all along, and simply kept quiet. Critics perceived this as a deliberate attempt by the media to execute its own master plan for puppeteering Park."