Epidemic at the Land of the Morning Calm - Expanded TL of Seoul Station and Train To Busan

Second Korean War
  • Fate finally struck on the night of September 2nd, 2016 when the Korean People's Army bombarded the overrun Seoul with artillery and rocket pieces. Almost 63 years later since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice (technically, both Koreas were at a state of war since no official peace treaty was signed; some small-scale conflicts erupted in the past), the final showdown between North and South began.

    The resulting barrage killed thousands of dormant and weakened infected and around 25,000 survivors still holed up in their homes when the outbreak first began. KPAGF T-62s, T-55s, T-72s came thundering past the JSA alongside some older T-34s and Chinese Type 59s. The North Koreans easily overwhelmed the meager U.S. and ROK defenses along the JSA. Following the simultaneous attack and surprise invasion into infected territory of South Korea, Korean People's Army Naval Force Romeo-class and Yogu-class submarines began sailing from their harbors into the RIMPAC fleet, hoping to sink an American aircraft carrier or a destroyer.

    The U.S. and South Korean response was quick. In the minutes of the start of the bombardment, U.S. Air Force and ROK Air Force F-16s, F-15s, and KA-50s began engaging the older the MiG-15s, MiG-17s, MiG-21s, Su-7s, Su-25s, J-6, and J-7s of the KPAAF. The result was a clear win for the U.S. and the South Koreans. F/A-18s from the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Ronald Reagan soon joined the fray. The outdated North Korean fighter jets were swatted out of the sky like flies. For the U.S.-SK coalition, only three F/A-18s, 5 F-16s, and 3 F-15s were lost. Most of the pilots were able to eject into safety near the Busan Safe Zone.

    Meanwhile, in the sea, the plan on attacking the RIMPAC fleet backfired horribly. MH-60Rs coming from the USS Chong Hoon and the USS William P. Lawrence sunk several KPN submarines and three Sariwon-class frigates. The ROKS Sejong The Great engaged on a melee with a Nanjin-class frigate and emerged victorious. The HMNZ Te Kaha, the Chilean Navy's Almirante Cochrane, and the HMCS Calgary chased one Romeo-class and surrounded the submarine. Helicopters from the three ships surrounded the vessel and ordered it to surrender or face annihilation. The terrified KPN sailors surrendered and their vessel was towed to be sent to the Jeju Island safe-zone for re-evaluation. Since In the Sea of Japan, the JDS Kirishima sunk three corvettes and one Sang-o class submarine. There was no way for the KPN to win over naval supremacy by the U.S. and their RIMPAC allies.

    While the allies dominated the air and the land, in the ground was a much different story. Once the JSA and the DMZ were fully under North Korean control, the armored convoys virtually went on unopposed. Any Infected the KPA encountered were already weakened and hence were executed. Others were run over by the treads of their Cold War-era main battle tanks. While Seoul burned in the distance, the KPA could feel they were closer to their prize of capturing the South's capital.

    In the international scene, both China and Russia were alarmed. The fact that North Korea invaded the South while the K-Z Virus epidemic was not declared over drew fears among the leadership of the infection, while weakened but still active, might spread beyond North Korea's borders. The Russian cruiser Varyag and the Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov, deployed to Vladivostok since the start of the outbreak, were on alert status ready to fire their cruise missiles if any infected cross into North Korea. Across the Sino-Korean border, more PLA soldiers, tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and mobile missile launchers were amassed. It may look like China may invade North Korea to restrain Kim Jong-un but the Central Military Commission nor Xi Jinping himself has made no announcements. Publicly, China and Russia condemned the invasion. Immediately afterwards, both countries cut the food, fuel, and coal supply of North Korea on the request of the United States in hopes to lessen their war effort.

    The world was on edge when the Korean War was reignited. While millions glued their eyes to their TVs on the report of the K-Z Virus epidemic producing Infected which resembled the Ragers from 28 Days/Weeks Later and the zombies from the terrible adaption of World War Z, millions more returned to their TV of footages of rockets raining on Seoul and fighter jet dogfights above the Korean Peninsula. To those who could still remember the Gulf War, the live footage of the Second Korean War resembled the Gulf War syndrome but in a much more intense pace. Almost no-body went to bed in Japan, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and much of the Far East. Social media went into a frenzy again with the topic of the Second Korean War surpassing the trend of the K-Z Virus just two months ago. It was morning in North America when the war reignited. Americans and Canadians on their way to work saw the news from their TVs and smartphones. A large crowd of people gathered in Times Square in New York City with all eyes glued on the large TV screens of Good Morning America, which was already broadcasting the news. In Washington, D.C., both the White House and the Pentagon sprang into action. President Obama along with the Joint Chiefs of Staff were in the Situation Room, watching from multiple TV screens a live-feed provided by USAF Predator Drones. The administration kept in contact with the staffers in the Pentagon which in turn was connected to commanders in Korea and Japan. Battle plans were drawn up while B-52s, B-1 Lancers, and B-2 Spirt bombers in Guam and Missouri were prepared to taxi off their respective runways. Although unlikely for a North Korean nuclear weapon to hit the CONUS, the U.S. were prepared for an event of a nuclear attack not seen since the Cold War. Residents in Alaska and Guam were told to gather essential supplies and to shelter in place or head to Cold War-era fallout shelters as a precaution. F-16s, F-15s, and F-22s began patrolling the skies between Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. NORAD was constantly monitoring the airspace of the U.S. and Canada. Patriot missile batteries and Aegis destroyers in Guam were armed and ready to intercept any North Korean ballistic missile. The same occurred where the local police and SDF made announcements on evacuation routes in the likely case of an attack.

    Kim Jong-un refused to believe his plan was horribly backfiring on him. The air and sea fronts were a losing battle for the KPA. Nonetheless, he ordered the KPAGF to continue on to Seoul for the "glorious liberation" of the capital from the "imperialist disease". He had kept his promise of the Sea of Fire. Kim knew nothing stood in his way to capture his prize since the ROK government was far down in Busan. If anything stood in his way, he would have the KPA execute them, infected or not. And if that did not work, he would already start his biological warfare of dropping captured specimens behind Allied lines in the Busan Safe Zone. It was his biggest gamble in his life.

    Only fate would determine how this chapter of the outbreak, the worst crisis seen in the Korean Peninsula, would conclude.
     
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    Intermission
  • On the side note, today marks the 2nd anniversary of the K-Z Virus epidemic in South Korea. Two years later, the nation is still trying to rebuild from the devastating effects of the viral outbreak and the subsequent Second Korean War. Government operations remain at Busan as Seoul is slowly being sanitized from the corpses of the infected and rebuilt from the North Korean rocket and artillery barrage.
     
    Things Go South
  • On the dawn of September 3rd, 2016, the Korean People's Army finally entered the outskirts of Seoul. Soviet-era tanks and APCs rolled on to the desolate streets, crushing the decomposing bodies of the infected that died and any weakened infected from the starvation. The North Koreans thought it would be a piece of cake: capture the Blue House and plant the flag of the DPRK. Then from there, push down to Busan and weed-out the imperialists.

    However, Kim Jong-un would horribly realize his plan was not going smoothly. He expected his army to swoop right across and capture for the one True Korea as the rocket and artillery barage was estimated to have killed thousands of Infected prowling the streets. While this was true for some accounts, many Infected that were not hit by the strikes survived. Once reaching the downtown portion of Seoul, the KPA encountered many surviving Infected that were strengthened from survivors that recently got bit. The KPA gunned them down with their AK-74s, RPKs, RPDs, DSHks, their APCs and tanks. The sounds of battle only attracted more of the Infected to their position. And from there, several KPA engaged the Infected with their bayonets but soon many were bit and turned on their comrades. New and fresh infected were spawned from that point. Stubborn as they were, the KPA fought on, not deterred by the casualty rate. By mid-day, more and more KPA flooded to fight the ever increasing horde, still thinking they could claim their prize.

    Back in Pyongyang, Kim secretly ordered the KCNA to broadcast the DPRK's "glorious liberation" of the South. He had censored the losses his "mighty army" had endured with battles with the infected and the fact the outbreak was threatening to restart. His generals, on the other hand, knew the worse was to come. Behind-the-scenes, some disgruntled officials and military officers began secretly negotiating with the Chinese ambassador Li Jinjun, "begging" the People's Liberation Army to "invade" the country and dispose of the dictator. The Ambassador relayed this message back to Beijing, where President Xi Jinping and the Central Military Commission were in a panic to discuss a possible invasion.

    In the United States, the Pentagon, on the orders of the President Obama, ordered the take-off of B-52, B-2, and B-1 bombers in Guam and Missouri to bomb KPA positions in the North Korea. The intercontinental bombers took off within minutes, ready to deliver their payload. Within hours, the mighty bombers of the USAF rained hell on KPA positions north of Seoul. The bombers spared the capital on the request of the South Korean Ambassador to the United States, as Seoul already endured heavy damage from the previous North Korean barrage. Naval units from RIMPAC fleet joined, sending their Tomahawks. The Indian Navy's INS Satpura fired its BrahMos (PJ-10) cruise missile, testing the joint Indian-Russian cruise missile in combat for the first time. The effect of the cruise missiles were devastating. The U.S. Marines based on Okinawa, already on high alert for the past two months arrived in Korea, delivered from the ships USS Bonhomme Richard and the USS Green Bay which left Sasebo for Okinawa a few days before the start of the Second Korean War.

    Two days later, on September 4th, 2016, the KPA realized just two days into their invasion, the whole thing was going to hell. As Kim finally came into his senses, he reluctantly ordered a retreat of the KPA. Carelessly, they retreated with the newly Infected in pursuit. The KPAAF then deployed their Il-28 Shenyang H-5 bombers to thin the horde, but was only delaying the inevitable. The JSA lay in North Korean control, but the DMZ was slowly fortified to meet the upcoming horde. It was here Kim decide to make his final stand and if that failed, he would rely on his nuclear weapons while also sending the capture specimens to Busan and Japan as a revenge weapon.

    Slowly, the Infected specimens were loaded to other Il-28s, An-24s, and An-12 biplanes and other Romeo-class submarines, ready to place the Infected behind enemy lines to make Imperialist South Koreans and the Japanese devils pay once and for all. Nuclear silos and launchers were also armed and prepared to launch.

    The world was finally on edge.
     
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    Turning Point
  • September 4th, 2016

    Kim's plan of using the Infected as biological weapons would not gone undetected. In fact, the CIA had suspicions the dictator was up to no good. And this is where his plant ultimately failed and backfired.

    Radar operators at Osan Air Base noted a strange pattern of five KPAAF Il-28 bombers crossing into South Korean airspace. Within minutes, the F-15s and F-16s from the USAF and the ROKAF met them and shot them down. One bomber, in a bid of desperation, released its payload of Infected specimens over a remote area 20 km north of Busan before being shot down. The fighter jet pilots reported this and a team of ROK-UDT Special Forces backed by a K200 KIFV soon investigated the area where the parachutes were reported.

    Reaching the area, to their horror, they found the writhing Infected still stuck to their chutes. Other parachutes were stuck at tree branches above the UDT operators, the Infected trying to reach them out. The operators shot all the Infected in the head. Equipped with helmet-mounted cameras, the feed was relayed to the South Korean government as Busan. Shocked, the South Koreans relayed it to their American allies plus China and Russia.

    The news of North Korea using Infected specimens as biological weapons was not leaked to the mainstream media yet as it would have caused a panic. Obama personally wanted to send America's B-52s, B-2s, and B-1s over Pyongyang as a show of resolve but was backed out by his National Security Advisor that there would be unnecessary civilian casaulties.

    Two hours later, the same Romeo-class submarines carrying sea-borne Infected were sunk by the JDS Hyuga helicopter destroyer which had been patrolling for North Korean submarines at the Sea of Japan. To the Japanese's horror, one Romeo-class tried to release to its Infected but were shot by snipers in Hyuga's flight deck. They relayed it back to Tokyo, where the Ministry of Defense were about to make a statement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on regarding the North Korean biological attack.

    Simultaneously an hour later, the governments of South Korea, Japan, and the United States announced that it had evidence that North Korea was attempting to weaponize the virus. While panic broke out in Busan, police and military forces were deployed to maintain order. Public opinion in the United States and Japan turned into anger as citizens of both countries wanted to make North Korea pay for this heinous act. Conspiracy theorists went wild as they pinned the blame on North Korea for starting the K-Z Virus epidemic back then in July (of course, the DPRK was not the perpetuator but only decided to take advantage of the situation). Their was a serious discussion in Japan's National Diet headed by Shinzo Abe on revoking Article 9 temporarily since the attempted attack on Japan was considered to respond in self-defense. Though the strong sentiment of vengeance, it was decided what the SDF could do was to support America and their allies for now.

    The U.S., China, and Russia all ordered Kim Jong-un to cease the attack on the South. He was given until midnight, September 5th, 2016, to stand down. Though the U.S. wanted to bomb Pyongyang, both the Chinese and the Russian governments persuaded the Americans to let the PLA "handle" the situation.

    Just 30 minutes before the deadline, with the horde of Seoul's Infected was about to reach the DMZ, a delusional Kim Jong-un ordered his rocket forces to launch a nuclear missile towards the DMZ. Less than six minutes later, a single North Korean nuclear missile launched and hit its target. The blast and the mushroom cloud was seen by survivors still holed up in Seoul. The nuclear attack on the infected in the DMZ was the first time a nuclear weapons was used in combat since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

    Kim Jong-un breathe in a sigh of relief as it appeared his country was saved from the "imperialist disease." The news of a nuclear weapon shocked the world as the madness seemed to have never ended.

    China however was tired of North Korea's BS. Just a few minutes past midnight without standing down, the North Korean coup plotters began to positions themselves as the PLA then stormed across the border into Pyongyang. The coup plotters, backed by Chinese troops, tanks, and armored personnel carriers, then surrounded Kim's residence and arrested him. A more moderate general took over and ordered all KPA to withdraw back to pre-war positions. A headache on the DPRK's part right now was how to explain the use of a nuclear weapon on the peninsula, the following radiation and fall out and how Kim will be tried in The Hague for war crimes. The United States reluctantly agreed to let China handle the provisional North Korean government while it focused on rebuilding South Korea.

    With the madman in custody and the KPA withdrew, the world finally breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the Second Korean War. However, the problems were still far from over.
     
    Endgame and Epilogue
  • The arrest of Kim Jong-un by the People's Liberation Army and disgruntled elements of the North Korean government brought a ceasefire on hostilities on the Korean Peninsula on the dawn of September 5th, 2016. The KPA withdrew back to their side of the border. The provisional DPRK government was in negotiation with the international community relayed via the Swedish and Swiss embassies in Pyongyang on how to move forward from the events. Parts of the negotiations demanded by America was the release of detained American citizens in Pyongyang, including American college student Otto Frederick Warmbier who was detained in the country since January 2nd, 2016. To the the international community's dismay however, reunification would not be possible since the DMZ (specifically the town of Paju which was targeted) has been irradiated following the nuclear attack on Seoul Infected horde.

    One month later, on October 2016, roughly 99% of the Infected in the Korean Peninsula were wiped out, either through conventional means, radiation poisoning, or starvation. By mid-October, the ROK Army and U.S. Army entered Seoul for the first time since the outbreak. In there, they were able to rescue survivors still holed up. Roughly 2,500 died more in diseases and starvation. Those that survived were quickly transferred back to Busan for treatment.

    With things having settled down in South Korea for a bit, the world then shifted its attention to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. The media was providing both endless coverage of the recovery efforts in South Korea as well as the final Presidential debate of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton. Various political analysts point out that a Trump victory was inevitable since Trump supporters increased at the time of the outbreak, using the outbreak as reason why illegal immigrants and refugees cannot be careless admitted into the United States. In fact, this was mirrored by Trump in his rallies across the nation. The liberal media such as the likes of CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Yahoo News place Trump in an even bad light (which they were doing since 2015), but did nothing to stop the ever growing margin of Trump voters.

    On November 4, 2016, the provisional North Korean government released the two American citizens detained in Pyongyang, namely Kim Dong Chul and Otto Warmbier where they flew a chattered plane back to D.C., meeting Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry upon arrival. It was sign of goodwill from the DPRK that no longer wished to pick a fight with its neighbors. However, the return of the American citizens would become controversial to many as it was just four days before the election.

    Then came Election Day as millions of Americans went to the polls to cast their vote. Unlike OTL where it was predicted that Clinton would win, there was no media hype on Clinton winning. So when midnight came, it was no surprise that Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won the elections. Still, thousands filled the streets of many major American cities against the election result despite the clear result. Some were blocking highways while left-wing extremist group known as Antifa and the #BlackLivesMatter movement rioted and destroyed property. However, because of the clear result of the elections, there was no recount.

    By December 2016, the South Korea authorities were still investigating the source of the outbreak of the K-Z Virus in the ruins of Seoul. While unable to pinpoint the source, fingers were pointed at the BioTech Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. The CEO himself was at Busan at the time of hiding and went away from the public eye for the past five months. When police raided his home on December 14, 2016, he was found hanging on the ceiling of his house. The corporation's stocks immediately plummeted until the company was seized by the South Korean government.

    As 2017 came, the world looked forward to a hopeful new year. On the 20th of January, Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on a cloudy Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon. Outside the ceremony, there were countless protesters and Antifa destroying property around the D.C. Metro, resulting in the dozens of arrest of the protesters. Security was also increased, from the ATF, U.S. Marshals, FBI, DHS, USCG, U.S Park Police, Capitol Police, and the D.C. National Guard. They were not taking any chances of the slight possibility of the K-Z Virus suddenly erupting in the nation's capital on the President's inauguration. Due to the behavior of the rioters, the right-wing media labeled the phenomena as "Trump Derangement Syndrome" as anti-Trump sentiment continued among the liberal communities in America. The following day, 2.9 million people attended the Women's March Protest across the U.S. in opposition to Donald Trump's presidency.

    As he took office at the Oval, one of Trump's first acts besides withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and imposing a 90-day ban from citizens coming from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen was to oversee the vaccine for the K-Z Virus as well as leading the United Nations humanitarian efforts in the Korean Peninsula – a task started by Obama – as part of his foreign policy. The vaccine would see its first clinical trials by February-March 2017, before being declared safe and distributed to the world on April 10th, 2017.

    The world was severely affected by the K-Z Virus economically and culturally. China, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore's economy went on a free fall in those two months of chaos with the loss of a trading partner. The same could be said for Australia and New Zealand which also does trade with the ROK. Comparing to a modern-day Fall of Rome, the effect's ripples were felt around the world. Both the United Kingdom and the European Union took a beating; already intensified since Brexit. Towards the migrant crisis, countries like Greece, Italy, and Poland enforced strict immigration policies. The fear of an epidemic was in the politicians' minds; one inspired from Donald Trump before he became POTUS.

    Africa and the Middle East was still a mess. Racked by ISIS, Islamic militants, civil war, famine, and poverty, it would appear these places were better left to rot. Nonetheless, the U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS continued.

    Despite the horrors and the chaos, the K-Z Virus epidemic in South Korea brought a light of hope to the international community. The U.S. and West cooperated with China and Russia, whom both sides are always at odds. For once, differences in East Asia were put aside for the common good. The international effort to rebuild the peninsula was slow but steady as the vaccine's distribution relieved the WHO of the resurgence of the virus.

    Kim Jong-un would be tried in the Hague by November 11th, 2017, where he was found guilty of all crimes against humanity and the use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was then returned to the ROK by March 3rd, 2018 to serve another sentence. This time however, he was sentence to death by firing squad. The execution took place in Busan and was seen around the world. The Kim Dynasty, while already not the rules of the DPRK, officially came to an end as they were barred from going back into politics again.

    In the current situation as of August 2018, the Korean Peninsula would remain divided due to the KPA nuclear attack on Paju that caused the 38th Parallel to become irradiated. Radiation levels still exist to this day. The South was heavily influenced by the U.S., the UK, and the West, while the provisional North Korean government was reliant on the Chinese. Under the observers of the United Nations, the provisional DPRK would begin slowly democratizing and giving freedoms to its citizens, albeit influenced from their backers in Beijing. It was a sign of hope for the oppressed citizens that could now experience liberty for the first time.

    Overall, there were an estimated ~7 million deaths in that period from the K-Z Virus outbreak to the Second Korean War, though the exact numbers would never be known. Many more would follow after disease, radiation poisoning, stress, and suicides that followed. To make up for this, the ROK began incentives for repopulation to make for the loss of life.

    Despite the challenges faced, the crisis was a victory for the human race as it showed that with cooperation, mankind can emerge victorious. Thoughts of the virus coming back continues to haunt the world to this day, but the vaccine would ultimate prevent that. Armed personnel were stationed at public areas as a precaution. Humanity's victory ultimately came with a heavy cost.

    The story of the K-Z Virus ends here but it will continue to resonate for the ages to come.

    THE END​
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    Author's Notes:
    This ends my Train to Busan timeline. If you have any stories, testimonies, newspaper clippings, headlines, Tweets, Facebook posts, and the like, feel free to add them.

    If you have been following this timeline, I thank you a lot. I hope you had fun reading this timeline as it was a challenge for me to write since I was not familiar with the geography of South Korea. Nonetheless, I am proud of how it came out. Please feel free to post comments and criticisms so I can improve this timeline to be better (i.e. grammar, consistency, etc).

    With that, I hope you enjoyed reading this.

    To more timelines!

    - Gillan1220
     
    Overview Timeline
  • This overview Timeline would give the reader a summary of the events that occurred here.


    Pre-POD
    January 2, 2016

    - American student Otto Warmbier is detained in Pyongyang, North Korea for allegedly stealing a propaganda banner.

    January 6, 2016

    - North Korea conducts its fourth nuclear detonation.

    February 7, 2016
    - North Korea launches the Kwangmyongsong-4 (KMS-4) satellite into orbit via a ballistic missile. The international community condemns the launch.

    March 2, 2016
    - The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 2270 on 2 March, condemning the nuclear test and rocket launch by North Korea and imposing sanctions on it.

    March 11-15, 2016
    - 2016 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul.

    March 21, 2016
    - President Obama lands in Cuba for a meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928.

    March 22, 2016
    - Suicide bombings at Brussels Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station kill 35 people and injure 300 more.

    April 2, 2016
    - Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani military in Nagorno-Karabakh kill at least 193 people, which becomes the heaviest breach of the 1994 ceasefire.

    April 13, 2016
    - South Korean legislative election, 2016.

    May 9, 2016
    - Philippine General Elections. Rodrigo Duterte wins the Presidential Elections.

    May 20, 2016
    - Tsai Ing-wen is sworn in as the 14th President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

    June 12, 2016
    - Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53.

    June 23, 2016
    - The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union.

    June 28, 2016
    - ISIL is suspected to be responsible for attacking Atatürk Airport inIstanbul, killing 45 and injuring around 230.

    June 30, 2016
    - Rodrigo R. Duterte is inaugurated as the 16th President of the Philippines

    July 6, 2016
    - The app Pokémon Go is released on smartphones, breaking numerous records in terms of sales and revenue.

    July 12, 2016
    - The Philippines wins the arbitration case they filed at the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding the legality of China's "Nine-Dash Line" claim over the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    July 14, 2016
    - An Islamic terrorist truck attack in Nice, France kills 86 people during the Bastille Day celebrations.

    July 15-16, 2016
    - In Turkey, a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the Peace at Home Council,unsuccessfully stages a coup against the state institutions, resulting in the deaths of at least two hundred and forty and the triggering of a series of unprecedented purges throughout the country.

    July 20, 2016 (Point of Divergence)
    Note: Time is Korean Standard Time
    - Accident at Bio-Tech corporation releases a biochemical agent that managed to infect a dog that was already infected with rabies.
    - Sunset: A homeless old man is bitten by the infected dog but promptly kills it. He asks for help but is ignored by passerby's.
    - 8:00 PM: Old man turns into an Infected, becomes "Patient Zero" of the virus. He infects roughly 25 people who continue to infect more as many of Seoul's citizens. Infected grows to around 50 people at the Seoul Station district and continue to increase. Police receive numerous calls of rioting and disturbance. Many of the first responders are infected trying to treat the wounded. Riot police is called in which temporarily holds the Infected at bay.
    - 11:00 PM: Infected grows to around 300-500 individuals at the past three hours. Blue House informed of the incident. Police construct a temporary barricade in an attempt to quarantine the infected.


    July 21, 2016
    - 12:00 MN: Barricade begins to give way to the infected.
    - 1:00 AM: Third ROK Army deployed to Seoul, authorized to use deadly force agains the Infected. Infected breach the barricade 15 minutes later and spread the infection from Seoul. Surprisingly, the U.S. Army Group in Yongsan Garrison goes on alert and places the entire base on lockdown while barricades are set up. More victims fall to the infection for the next three hours.
    - 4:00 AM: Infected individuals reach Incheon, spreading the infection there and the towns between Seoul.
    - 5:00 AM: The last KTX train leaves Seoul as no cancellation of travel was issued.
    - 6:00-8:00 AM: The virus overruns Songnam, Anyang, Puchon, Goyang, and surrounding towns. Incheon is added to the list. The U.S. bases of Camp Casey, Dodge, and Red Cloud are overrun. News of the deaths of American soldiers in Korea reach the Pentagon and the White House. A stowaway infected in the KTX Train spreads to the infection among the cars before the remaining survivors quarantine the breached cars.
    - 10:00 AM: President Park Gyun-hye and cabinet evacuated to Busan after the Blue House falls to the Infected. Busan is declared the temporary capital of South Korea. ROK Armed Forces and U.S. Forces Korea reinforce the roads and tunnels into Busan, dubbed as the Second Pusan Perimeter. Other safe-zones are established around the southern tip of the peninsula, Jeju Island, and smaller islands nearby.
    - 11:00 AM: Taejon is fortified. Once the Infected reach the city, the ROK Army and the police put up a great fight.
    - 1:00 PM: Taejon falls to the Infected.
    - 1:45 PM: The KTX train arrives in Taejon, unaware the city has fallen to the Infected. Upon learning the bad news, it is already too late. Infected police and soldiers immediately pounce on the survivors, adding more to the horde. The number of survivors on the KTX decline as other are forced to be left behind.
    - 3:00 PM: China, Russia, Japan, and Taiwan mobilize their military just as a precaution. PLA Shenyang Military district placed on high alert. Russian Ground Forces are amassed on the Russo-Korean border in Vladivostok, alongside with a destroyer and a Kirov-class battle cruiser.
    - 3:35 PM: Kim Jong-un calls for an emergency meeting on how to discuss a potential North Korean invasion of the South as they were distracted with the viral outbreak.
    At this time, most of the international media was already reporting about the outbreak. The topic becomes trending in social media.
    - 5:00 PM: 1,300,000 refugees make it to the Busan Perimeter. A pregnant woman and a child are rescued by ROK Army defenders in one of the tunnels. Upon medical examination and questioning, they reveal their names as Seong-kyeong and Su-an respectively. They testify being the two survivors of the last KTX that left Seoul at dawn as well as their encounters with the infected. Both are then transferred to Jeju Island sa Seong-kyeong's baby was to be delivered in a month.
    - 8:00 PM: The U.S. Pacific Fleet on the orders of the Pentagon deploy the RIMPAC Forces present in Hawaii to sail towards the Korean Peninsula to provide military and humanitarian assistance to South Korea. Various countries around the world issue travel bans to South Korea while advisories are enacted upon neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
    - 8:30 PM: Kim Jong-un calls for a meeting with North Korean scientists on how to weaponize the virus for future attacks in South Korea and Japan. Meanwhile, the North Korean-state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) broadcasts about "reunification" and "eradicating the infected on a sea of fire."

    July 22, 2016
    - Midnight: Front lines of the infection have stabilized. JSA and DMZ still free from infected.
    - CDC and WHO named the virus as the "K-Z Virus", a short name for the "Korean Zombie Virus" due to similarities shared by the infected from the horror pop-culture genre.
    - 9:00 PM (9:00 AM NYC time): United Nations Emergency session held declaring a quarantine of the Korean Peninsula. All non-essential flights and vessels prohibited to land or to dock. Only military vessels and planes plus essential civilian transport craft are allowed to travel between safe-zones.

    July 23, 2016
    - Infected showing signs of dormancy when no one is present to infect. USAF, USMC, and ROKAF C-130 transport planes begin dropping supplies to surviving military outposts in the sea of the infected zones.

    July 27, 2016
    - World economy takes a deep plunge following Brexit, the Turkish coup attempt, and the K-Z Virus Epidemic in South Korea.
    - Korean Olympic Committee pulls out both North and South Korean athletes from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Jainero, Brazil.
    - Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump (R) speaks in a rally in Toledo, Ohio enforcing why strict border control should be done, making references to the outbreak in South Korea.
    - The WHO releases an initial report of the K-Z Virus Epidemic.

    August 2016
    First Week
    - USAF Predator drone and U.S. Navy P-3 Orions make overhead flights over infected territory, noting a decline in Infected activity. Info is then relayed to the ROK Armed Forces that plan to slowly march into Seoul by retaking the towns and cities around it first.


    August 5, 2016
    - Busan Safe Zone expands 15 km as ROK Armed Forces successfully clear Yarigsan, Kimhae, Chinyong, Hanam, and Kaya of infected.
    - Yongsan Garrison is evacuated of U.S. and South Korean soldiers as well as civilian dependents by helicopters coming from the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and the RIMPAC fleet. It is considered to be the largest helicopter evacuation since the Fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975.
    - The Rio de Jainero Summer Olympics opens with large security provided by police and the Brazilian Armed Forces. The U.S. Navy deploys the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the USS Lassen (DDG-82), the USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) in addition to support ships and freighters from the U.S. Merchant Marine in the event of hasty evacuation of American citizens from Brazil. The United Kingdom deploys the HMS Dauntless (D33) and HMS Bulwark (L15) to the Atlantic for similar reasons. The Falkland Islands Defence Force is activated plus the territories of the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Tristan de Cunha, and Ascension Island prepares to take in British refugees should an emergency evacuation occur.
    - The Korean People's Army begins making plans on how to capture infected and use them as biological weapons for the war with the South.

    August 9, 2016
    - KPA Special Operations Forces go behind infected lines and capture some Infected specimens. They are then picked up by a KPN Romeo-class submarine with their specimens in tow.

    August 12, 2016
    - Some specimens break through their confines and infect three KPA soldiers and a dozen of scientists before being put down. The surviving guards and scientists are executed publicly by anti-aircraft guns for their complacency.
    - The USAF flies two B-52 bombers and one B-2 Spirit stealth bomber over North Korea to serve as a warning.

    August 17, 2016
    - 28 days after Day Zero, 90% of the Infected dies of starvation and exposure.

    August 27, 2016
    - North Korea tests five ballistic missiles over the Sea of Japan and makes threats of bombing infected South Korean cities. Panic hits the Busan Safe-Zone as the possibility of war breaks out.
    - USS Fort Worth (LCS-2) docks in Cebu City, Philippines before proceeding to support the RIMPAC fleet in Korea.

    September 2, 2016
    - North Korean artillery bombards Seoul followed by a rocket barraged by the KPAAF, killing 25,000 survivors still holed up. KPA Ground Forces cross the 38th Parallel and overrun the DMZ. The Second Korean War begins.
    - U.S. and South Korean fighter jets establish air superiority over the peninsula.
    - RIMPAC fleet establish naval superiority in the waters near Korea, scoring several kills on the KPN. A Romeo-class submarine is captured by a joint-operation from different warships namely the HMCS Calgary (FFH 335), HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), and the Chilean Navy's Almirante Cochrane (FF 05) while the JS Kirishima (DDG-174) sinks a Sang-o class submarine.
    - More PLA troops and armor are stationed across the Sino-Korean border.
    - NORAD on alert monitoring for possible North Korean nuclear missiles hitting the CONUS.
    - B-52s, B-2s, and B-1 Lancers take off to bomb North Korean military positions north of Seoul.

    September 3, 2016
    - KPA enters Seoul but encounters thousands of still active Infected that did not perish in the strikes. While they initially engage them in a heavy firefight, several KPA soldiers are infected and attack their comrades. A retreat is ordered while Kim Jong-un orders the KPA to reinforce the DMZ to "fight the infected to the death."
    - The USAF intercontinental bombers bomb KPA positions north of Seoul along with a horde of infected following the trail of the retreating KPA.
    - Disgruntled elements of the DPRK government begin secret negotiations with the Chinese to arrest Kim Jong-un. Chinese forces begin mobilizing for an invasion of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
    - Indian cruise missiles known as the BrahMos is first tested in combat, fired from the INS Satpura of the Indian Navy on KPA positions.
    - North Korean nuclear missiles are readied for launch while Infected specimens are placed on Il-28 bombers, An-12 biplanes, and Romeo-class submarines to be dropped on South Korea and Japan.


    September 4, 2016
    - All planes carrying the Infected were shot down by U.S. and South Korean F-15s and F-16s. One plane was able to drop its Infected via parachute but were all killed by South Korean UDT special forces. News of the North Koreans using Infected as weapons causes worldwide outrage.
    - The JS Hyūga (DDH-81) helicopter destroyer sinks the submarine carrying Infected specimens.
    - The Japanese Diet leads a serious discussion of temporarily revoking Article 9 following an attempted North Korean biological attack on Japan. It was determined that the JSDF should continue supporting their allies in bringing the down the Kim regime.
    - 11:30 PM: North Korea fires a nuclear weapon on the town of Paju as the Infected horde from Seoul reaches there. This was the first time a nuclear weapon was used in warfare since the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The nuclear attack shocks the world.

    September 5, 2016
    - Midnight: The PLA storms the North Korean border and surrounds the Presidential palace. The coup plotters then arrest Kim Jong-un while a civilian government takes over. A ceasefire is declared while talks of reunification are put in the table.

    October 2016
    - 99% of Infected die of starvation, exposure, and radiation poisoning.
    - U.S. and ROK forces enter Seoul for the first time. Cleaning up and rehabilitation begins.

    November 4, 2016
    - The provisional DPRK government releases two American citizens detained in Pyongyang, including student Otto Warmbrier, following an agreement.

    November 8, 2016
    - Donald J. Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections with a larger turnout. Riots erupt across many cities in America as many millennials express dissatisfaction with the results.

    December 14, 2016
    - Investigators trace the source of the K-Z Virus to an accidental leak from the BioTech Corporation. Just as authorities were about to apprehend the CEO of the corporation, it was discovered he had committed suicide by hanging. The corporation is then seized by the South Korean government.

    January 20, 2017
    - Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Thousands are arrested for civil disturbance since U.S. authorities increased security not taking chances of an outbreak. One of his first acts in office was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, impose a 90-day entry ban from individuals coming from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and to continue the UN-led humanitarian efforts to rebuild the Korean Peninsula.

    February-March 2017
    - Clinical tests of the K-Z Virus Vaccine begin.

    April 10, 2017
    - The vaccine is declared safe and is distributed to the world.

    November 11, 2017
    - Kim Jong-un tried for crimes against humanity in addition to the use of a nuclear weapon. He temporarily stays in a Hague prison before being transferred.

    March 3, 2018
    - Kim Jong-un is returned to the Republic of Korea where he is executed by firing squad in public. The Kim Dynasty comes to an end. Civilian discussions between ROK and the DPRK continue in regards to reunification.

    August 2018 (Present Day)
    - Estimated deaths from the 2016 epidemic and the Second Korean War puts it at approximately 7 million people.
    - DPRK citizens get a taste of democracy for the first time, albiet heavily based on the desires of Beijing.
    - Talks of reunification continue between the ROK and DPRK though the radiated ruins of Paju continue to hamper the efforts.
     
    Second Korean War 2 year anniversary
  • Today marks the second year anniversary of the Second Korean War, which broke out two months after the K-Z Virus Epidemic in South Korea. Ever since the outbreak, North Korea had been itching for war and even attempted to use the Infected as biological weapons as a revenge weapon.


    Pic: North Korean Artillery firing on Seoul.

    MLRS added to the artillery barage.

    KPA soldiers in the JSA.​

    The war began with North Korea launching missiles and artillery strikes at Seoul, pulverizing much of the abandoned city full of dying Infected and survivors still wholed up in their homes. This was followed by a ground invasion using the massive numbers of the Korean People's Army. The defenders of the JSA and the DMZ were overwhelmed as nothing could stop the North Korean advance. However, the superior air forces and naval powers of the RIMPAC fleet devastated the KPAAF and KPN.

    To Kim Jong-un's dismay however, taking Seoul was not as easy as it seemed. Upon entering the ruined city, there were still several active Infected which attacked the KPA. Through superior fire power, the KPA initially held on their own but more and more Infected arrive, aided by safe houses breached by the artillery attack. By mid-day, the KPA were ordered to withdraw from Seoul back into the DMZ where they attempted to hold the line from the Infected reaching the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    As the horde approached on the 3rd of September, the USAF bombed several KPA and Infected north of Seoul using B-52s, B-1 Lancer, and B-2 Spirits. Yet, many Infected still kept going. A delusional Kim Jong-un then ordered a nuclear attack on the South Korean town of Paju as the Infected reached there. It was the first time a nuclear weapon was used in war since 1945 which sent outrage and shock throughout the world.
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    Effect of the nuclear attack on Paju and fall out.
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    Wider map of the fall out pattern as a result of the nuclear attack on Paju.​

    Unknown to Kim, some disgruntled elements of the North Korean government had been in secret meetings with the People's Republic of China, whom have grown extremely concerned of the plague spilling over from the Korean Peninsula. Just before midnight, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) stormed the Sino-Korean border and disposed of the Kim government. A civilian government took over and immediately called for a ceasefire and Kim was arrested as a war criminal (and later executed by the ROK for his crimes against humanity). Another series of reconstruction began with much of the UN focusing on rebuilding the Korean peninsula as the last of the Infected perished before 2017 as the vaccine was finally developed and distributed the following year.

    Soldiers and tanks of the People's Liberation Army cross into North Korea​

    Today, both the ROK and DPRK Provisional Governments are in talks on how to move forward. Tensions and distrust remain high, but as time passed, both sides are closer to getting a common ground. Though the irradiated ruins of Paju remain an obstacle, talks of reunification are currently ongoing and expected to reach to 2021.
     
    Conspiracy Theories
  • The outbreak of the K-Z Virus on the night of July 20, 2016 was met with both hysteria and shock through much of the international community. The news of a zombie-like virus seemed unbelievable at first until more and more videos of "rioters" attacking both citizens and police made it all to real. However, thanks to the zombie pop-culture started by George Romero in 1968, revived by Danny Boyle in 2002 with 28 Days Later, and made into a survival guide by Max Brooks in 2003, some Doomsday preppers finally thought it was the time of their lives. Pop-culture actually played a big role in the preparation for minimizing the spread, thanks to numerous video games and the fame of the TV series The Walking Dead.

    Across the United States, sales of guns, supplies, and survival gear incredibly skyrocketed just 12 hours into the outbreak. Various counties as far as Southeast Asia, Oceania, Europe, and South America began mobilizing their armies and setting up possible retreat points if an outbreak occurred. Despite the fast spread of the virus which covered roughy 90% of South Korean territory in just 24 hours, it also meant that the outbreak would be contained there. Bites were impossible to hide as victims would turn in 10-12 seconds. Plus, it would be impossible for the virus to spread beyond land territory, as it would meant the Infected could only reach the victim within running distance. This comes in addition to the fact that the Infected were still technically alive and hence could be prone to damage or injury that would harm a human. Perhaps humanity's greatest blessing was the fact the Infected could neither swim or walk on the bottom of the seafloor or a river; any that tried to cross was seen helplessly flailing around until they drowned. This is one of the reasons why the virus was only contained within Korea.

    Yet, as the virus stabilized and the South Koreans backed by the U.S. and their allies were slowly retaking the peninsula, theories began spinning wild among who or what was the cause of the outbreak. Theories included a North Korean attack as a pretext to an invasion (see below), an accident at a laboratory, mutation of the rabies virus, a U.S. government false flag operation, ISIS obtaining a secret weapon and using it on an unlikely location, Donald Trump's (then a Presidential candidate) ticket to the White House, and lastly, a space-borne alien virus. As absurd as it might sound, some of the theories did coincidentally almost become true.

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea planned for a "liberation campaign" to their brothers in the South, promising to "rid the filth" from the "capitalistic and imperialistic" disease plaguing them. Though Kim Jong-un knew the virus originated from Seoul, it was chance to put the blame of the United States and their "warmongering" policies. Even worse was the fact he had ordered the Korean People's Army to capture Infected specimens to use as bioweapons in causing a distraction within the Busan Safe Zone in addition to various U.S. military bases in Japan plus several Japanese major cities. From there, his KPA would come past thundering the DMZ and bring reunification to the Korean Peninsula once and for all. Unfortunately, his plan would fall apart as majority of the U.S. and its allies easiy defeated his invasion forces while his biological attack plans were foiled by Korean UDT Special Forces. Even worse was the world now blamed Kim and his regime for starting the outbreak as the evidence was nearly undeniable. Because of Kim's madness and the risk of the virus spreading into Russia and China, disgruntled elements of the DPRK staged a coup backed by the People's Liberation Army which arrested Kim and replaced him with a civilian government which sued for peace on the 3rd day of the Second Korean War.

    Politically, other theories include a deliberate attempt by then-President Park Gyun-hye in trying to hide the allegations of corruption with her administration. While these were brought to light by early 2016, the outbreak had to postpone the investigation until the country stabilized (after all, what good would a country be without a leader?). As of 2018, former President Park is still being investigated in relations to the accusations.

    For Trump, the outbreak did ensure he had a clear ticket to the White House in November 2016 elections. His margin was larger than expected, definitely squashing any resistance Hillary Clinton posed. The larger turnout was mainly caused by the fear of illegal immigrants bringing in the K-Z Virus (or any virus) that would harm national security of the United States. Despite this, thousands of liberals and college millennials still protested against the results, even crying foul despite the electoral collage being in the favor for Trump. As with OTL, riots and shutdowns occurred throughout major cities across the U.S. though this would be dispersed immediately by police and the National Guard who were still on alert in case of a sudden appearance of the K-Z Virus.

    Once and for all, it was proven on December 14, 2016 that the virus did indeed come from the Bio-Tech Corporation, a pharmaceutical company based in Seoul. Investigators were able to pinpoint an accident at the testing labs which most likely infected a dog with rabies that caused the virus to mutate before crossing into humans. The CEO was held responsible and warrant of arrest was issued but by the time the police raided his home, he was found to have committed suicide by hanging.

    To this day however, many are still not convinced it was an accident and they go on insisting there was a much more sinister motive behind the outbreak.
     
    60 Minutes Interview with Seong-kyeong (Part 1)
  • Steve Kroft: Today, I am here in Jeju Island interviewing a survivor from the last train that left Seoul on the day of the outbreak. Her name is Seong-kyeong. She will share her experience on the what is known to media as "The Train to Busan." So Mrs. Seong-kyeong, if you please?

    [A translator appears, ready to translate the Korean woman's sentences].

    Seong-kyeong: It was dawn on July 20th. I was traveling with my *pauses* my late husband. His name was Sang-hwa. He was buff and practitioner of MMA. On that dawn, my husband and I were on the KTX Train bound for Busan. There were many of us in the train, including two elderly sisters, a baseball varsity team, a smug businessman, and a father and a child. At this time, we were unaware was occuring outside in Seoul, as the media was silent. We did not know the gumiho [monsters] were outside lurking the streets.

    Steve Kroft: So that dawn, no one knew the outbreak has been ongoing for the past six hours?

    Seong-kyeong: Not a clue. The only thing I saw were some firetrucks and ambulances rushing to some sort of accident. We really did not have a clue. The only thing my husband and I were concerned at that time was my then-unborn child, since I was in the eight month of pregnancy. Continuing, it took around an hour or so as the train was already heading to the next station in Daejon. There was some form of commotion at the back. It appeared that the passengers where fighting among each other. Sensing danger, Sang-hwa took me by the hand and handled me to the next car. However, one of the businessmen I saw earlier closed the door before we could go in due to the panic though he did open it later. I saw my husband punch of the rioters in the face, sending him back thus buying us time. As we entered, I saw my husband reprimand the businessman who did apologize later. We were then trying to barricade the door as the rioters started piling up. There was a strange look on their faces. Their eyes were white and veins were protruding out of their skin. They looked like they were on drugs. However, they did not attempt to open the door, just merely banging it with their fists. The pexiglass was able to hold them. As the man released the knob, the rioters still did not turn the nob. I had some sense of placing newspapers on the door and to my surprise, the rioters stopped pounding on the door.

    Steve Kroft: Did you suspect something was wrong with them?

    Seong-kyeong: I did. As I said, everyone on the train thought they were high on drugs. It was only later when one of the passengers was viewing the news on his phone when the Health Minister declared something was wrong with the rioters. The scene on the phone showed the rioters attacking people and falling down from helicopters that would normally kill a human being. We all deduced they were infected with some sort of Rabies virus. The train for now was safe, except the cars at the rear that was crawling with the infected. Along the way, we passed by several train stops full of people begging for the train to stop only to be mangled by the infected. The conductor announced that the train will soon make a stop at Daejon station where the police and the military were able to secure the place as a safe-zone. However, by the time we arrived in Daejon, the place had been overrun. The police and the military there all became infected. Many of the commuters died in the stampede back to the the train while some people foolishly released some of the infected into the platform while opening the wrong car. My husband and the businessman he reprimanded earlier barely managed to make it on board.

    (To be continued)...
     
    60 Minutes Interview with Seong-Kyong (Part 2)
  • Seong-kyeong: To our dismay however, some of the survivors entered the wrong vehicle. The one's with the Infected in them. This included Su-an, the daughter of the businessman, a baseball player's girlfriend, and an elderly couple. It was a tense moment as my husband, the businessman who I learned later whose name was Seok Woo, and a baseball player named Yong-guk prepared to rescue them. We only had a few weapons with us, namely baseball bats and some riot gear my husband captured. My husband didn't arm himself as he was an expert MMA fighter. I was worried for him. It was a tense as the moment they entered the vehicle full of Infected, there was no telling if they would come out or not. It would be another 20-30 minutes till they returned. They were able to use the cover of darkness once the train entered the tunnels since the Infected were blind in the dark. They appeared to also be attracted to sound.

    Steve Kroft: Was the rescue successful?

    Seong-kyeong: It came at a heavy cost, including my husband [Tries to wipe hear tears]. One of the older women, someone named In-gil, sacrificed her life so that we could get to the other cars safely. However, some passengers lead by a paranoid businessman named Yon-suk rallied the remaining passengers thinking we were Infected. We were shunned at first while my husband tried to hold them off. That was the time he was bitten on the hand. Yet he fought until his body gave in to the virus just as the Infected piled up on him. That was when the bastards on the other side decided to let us enter. Seok Woo confronted the selfish Yong-guk and demanded answers why we were left behind. The passengers began to riot as they voted to lock us up in another train car. [A single tear falls from her cheek]

    Steve Kroft: We may end here if you feel uncomfortable.

    Seong-kyeong: No it's alright. I need to continue. The world needs to know our story.

    Steve Kroft: Alright. So how many of you were locked up in the other car?

    Seong-kyeong: There were six of us. Aside from me, in it were Seok Woo and his daughter Su-an, Yong-guk [the baseball player] and his girlfriend Jin-hee, and a homeless man whom I would never know his name. It turned out to be a miracle for us in disguise as one of the disgruntled passengers, the sister of In-gil, let the Infected in as payback for what the paranoid passengers did to her sister. Today, no amount of sympathy exists from me for them except for In-gil and her sister Jong-jil. What happened next was a near collision with another burning KTX train at East Daegu Train Station meant we had to disembark. This was where the homeless man made his stand, sacrificing his life so that Seok Woo, Su-an, Yong-guk, Jin-hee and I could escape. I will never forget his selfless act. However, the Infected were hot in pursuit. This was where I last saw Yong-guk and Jin-hee separate from us. I assume they were killed as the Infected overrun the place. We managed to get on one of the trains that were moving as the Infected held on to it. Seok Woo was able to fend them off. Wondering who was the one driving the train, we were all surprised to see it was the greedy Yon-suk who was showing signs of the virus. He somehow got infected. Before he turned into one of the gumiho, he actually begged us to take him to his mother down in Busan. When he turned, there was an alterceration with Seok Woo. There, Seok Woo was bitten before he threw the infected Yon-suk to the ground. Bitten, the man was in the stages of grief while Su-an and I could only watch with pure sadness. However, Seok Woo knew he had to go. He did not want to be a burden to his daughter. So he jumped off the train, sacrificing his life so the both of us could continue down into the Busan Safe Zone.

    Steve Kroft: That must have been horrible. I'm so sorry to hear that.

    Seong-kyeong: Once the train stopped, both of us disembarked. We passed by a wreckage of another train, one that looked like it was shot by the military. Bodies were seen in the river below. There were more bodies as we approached the tunnel, where barricades and electric fences were erected. I was holding Su-an by the hand as she sang "Farewell to Thee" in Korean just as soldiers from the ROK Army rescued us. We were then screened in a medical tent along with the rest of the refugees that made it to the Busan Safe Zone. Once it was cleaned, some military officers and authorities asked about our ordeal. I told them everything from the start of the journey from Seoul all the way down here to Busan. We were then processed in the zone where I later would bring Su-an to her mother. It was a tearful reunion, obviously bittersweet since her father was now dead. The medical authorities decided to transfer Su-an, her mother, and I to Jeju Island where the United States Forces Korea where assisting the ROK Armed Forces set up a safe-zone for the critical. I was due to deliver the following month. On August 18, 2016, I gave birth to baby girl that I named Soo-nam.

    Steve Kroft: What was it like here in Jeju?

    Seong-kyeong: While Jeju was cramped with refugees and foreign tourists that were stranded, it was much better than Busan I suppose. While I was there, I was waking up terrified that the Busan Perimeter would fall. Thankfully, that was not the case. The virus did bring some positivity for once. The Japanese, once our most hated enemies, even lent a hand of assistance. The Japan Self Defense Forces were deployed to Jeju to assist in setting up humanitarian efforts. It was the first time the Japanese set foot in the Korean peninsula. Of course, we had another problem. The North. The Glorious Leader up there was obviously up to no good. Once he realized our nation was weak, he prepared to take over us in the name of uniting the peninsula. I would never forget his threats to the South, Japan, and the United States. The world's focus was on our nation that was destroyed by a virus that should only exist in science fiction. Even the 2016 Olympics in Brazil was overshadowed by the events that occurred here along with Kim Jong-un's threats of invasion.

    Steve Kroft: Do you remember the days leading to the Second Korean War?

    Seong-kyeong: Yes I do. From the time on the 27th of August when North Korea fired several ballistic missiles into the sea. Panic was everywhere from the Busan Safe Zone down here to Jeju Island. The RIMPAC fleet from Hawaii was here to assist us of course in the hopes of deterring North Korea but the madman seemed to never end his rants. On the fateful night of September 2nd, 2016, I would never forget the footage of North Korean artillery and rockets raining down on Seoul all while KPA tanks and armored vehicles crossed the DMZ. It was the day every Korean feared since July 27, 1953. It did backfire on Kim though, as the superior forces of the U.S., ROK, and the rest of the RIMPAC fleet managed to repel the invasion. What Kim inadvertently did was almost create a second outbreak when his foolish KPA got infected and attempted to retreat back into North Korea. That's when he showed his true madness when he unleashed a nuclear missile on the town of Paju while attempting to use the Infected to be airdropped as weapons into the Busan Safe Zone. It was when the Chinese had enough of his madness and promptly disposed of him on September 5th, 2016. The madness was over at that time and the world could breathe a sigh relief even if the problems weren't really over yet.

    Steve Kroft: Following the end of the Second Korean War, do you currently have plans to return to the mainland.

    Seong-kyeong: Not as of now. I fear for the safety of my child. Even though I heard the U.S., the UN, and the ROK have slowly retaken Seoul, it's best to remain here. Jeju is an island surrounded by water. Plus, I feel its like paradise. I also fear for radiation levels from the nuclear strike on Paju. I want my baby to grow up healthy. So that's it, I'll stay for a long as ever. The good news I have heard is that the North may reunite with the South soon but this may take time, a lot of time. It could be years or even decades. However, it is the start of things getting better at least. I'm still in contact with Su-an and her mother. All of us are just glad to be alive and well.

    Steve Kroft: Thank you for your time Mrs. Seong-kyeong. It is a pleasure for you to be here with us to share your account in this unprecedented era of human era.

    Seong-kyeong: Of course. Thank you too.

    - 60 Minutes Special Interview, Broadcast Date: February 23, 2017
     
    Election Day
  • Note: This is a DBWI chapter.

    On the morning on November 8th, 2016 (evening in the Far East), the U.S. Presidential Elections opened in full swing. It was the one of the biggest headlines for 2016, counting Brexit and the K-Z Virus epidemic and the Second Korean War that followed. Republican candidate Donald J. Trump faced off with Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton days ago in the final debate. The K-Z outbreak in Korea was a staunching factor of the elections, as it garnered Trump more voters in regards to the controversial subject of refugees and illegal immigrants. While the situation in both Koreas already stabilizing with 99% of the Infected having perished, only the reconstruction and the subsequent decontamination of the the peninsula following the North Korean nuclear attack on the town of Paju. Across the world, millions of people watched on their TVs, smartphones, Twitter Feeds, Google, and elsewhere on what the outcome would be. The Koreans too despite their current situation were watching from TVs set-up stretching from reclaimed towns and cities all the way down to Busan and the Jeju Island safezone.

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    Evening of November 8th, 2016
    (Morning in the USA)
    Cebu City, Philippines


    Gillan: How are things there in Virginia?

    Alexander: Votings have begun. I'm boycotting this election though.

    Gillan: Why?

    Alexander: I think both of Clinton and Trump are bad candidates.

    Gillan: What about your parents? Are they pro-Trump?

    Alexander: Last time I heard they are gonna be voting for Trump.

    Facebook chat between Gillan Baclayon (Cebu City, Philippines) and Alexander Wallace (Williamsburg, Virginia) on the morning of the elections in the U.S.
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    Gillan: Hey guys, what do you think of the election now? How it would affect the Scotland Says "Yes" timeline?

    Nathan (Winchester, United Kingdom): Same as OTL I guess, the Scottish too would be watching.

    Alessio (San Salvatore Monferrato, Italy): In my opinion, I think Trump will win. He's got too much voters now especially following Brexit and the outbreak in Korea.

    Nathan: Agreed, Trump used the outbreak to gain more voters. There is a very slight chance of Hillary winning.

    Gillan: Alright, we shall see. All eyes on the TV or whatever your platform your watching

    Facebook Group chat on the Alternate History of Scotland Says "Yes"
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    The next morning...

    November 9th, 2016
    9:00 - 10:00 AM
    University of San Carlos - Talamban Campus
    Cebu City, Philippines


    It is enrollment period, the period when almost all students would flock to the whatever computer is within reach to process the enrollment. It is a common thing in my university. This one however, is no ordinary semester for me. It is the final five months of me as an undergraduate here since I am expected to graduate by April of next year.

    Today is an ordinary morning I suppose but this year was very eventful for the past months. In the Philippines, Duterte became the President and we won the arbritation against China in regards to the Scarborough Shoal issue, but not that didn't do shit. Duterte is somehow pro-China and pro-Russia. Nothing has changed. This was followed by Brexit, then a truck attack in Nice during Bastille Day, then a coup attempt in Turkey, then finally a real-life zombie-like outbreak in South Korea. It shocked the world the most since zombies are only supposed to exist only in horror films and science fiction. Thanks to our pop-culture and the quick reaction of the international community, a global pandemic was averted. But that did not end things since North Korea under Kim Jong-un decided it was the best time to invade South Korea after the country was weak as the outbreak decimated much of them. At that time, I was on a retreat with my graduating batch when we got see the final showdown between North and South. While the Second Korean War as they call it only lasted around 3-4 days, never before in my lifetime as well as my friends would expect to see the North Koreans fire a nuclear warhead on modern day. The world was just as shocked as we are. Then came the Chinese that disposed of the madman, finally ending the war. The Korean peninsula today is still gonna undergo decades of reconstruction. Thankfully, the United Nations and the WHO states that most of the Infected would have been wiped out by Christmas this year. A sigh of relief indeed. Today, while the world's eyes are still in Korea, it is looking at the elections on the other side of the globe.

    I kinda felt like today was like the U.S. elections, as the long lines of students waiting to be enrolled resembles that lines at the polls today. Even though we are in the Philippines and the bearing of the U.S. Presidential elections have no bearing on us not counting our historic alliance with America and the possible shift in foreign policy, almost everyone I saw where on their smartphones getting updated with the news. Even the university student publication, Today's Carolinian, was providing election updates as they came via their Facebook page.

    "Hey Clinton is initially leading." One guy in front of me said.

    "I doubt it, Trump has a greater margin." Another replied.

    As I checked my Facebook, almost all of the major news networks were sharing a map of the United States with both the colors of red and blue. Clinton was still leading this morning..for now I suppose. A few moments later, it was my turn to enroll. The office of the Department of Biology was teeming with activity. Several students including those with biology-related subjects as minors too were there, waiting to enroll in Zoology 1 and Zoology 2. I only had to enroll the remaining majors I have left: Evolutionary Biology, Parasitology, and Histology, along with a few remaining minor subjects. Then after this semester, I'd be marching on stage with a toga and cap. I still have five months left. I thought. Pfft, five months isn't so long if you think of it.

    "Hey Gillan, how's your enrollment?" My friend Denzel came.

    "Well, I'm done now. Thank the Lord bai." I replied.

    "So where are you going right now?" He asked.

    "I'm gonna head over to the Engineering building since my friend from high school, her name is Mia is asking for help for directions. She isn't from this campus since she is from the downtown campus but I guess she figured enrollment would be better here." I said.

    "Ughh sure, catch you around later." replied Denzel. Along the way, I met my friends Daniel, Michael Angelo, Lawrence, Mark, and Jan who were also lining up for enrollment. We exchanged some jokes comparing it to the U.S. elections as well as some news about Korea. It's just been roughly two months since the nuclear attack on Paju but everything felt so fresh. 2016 is definitely surreal. I thought. So much headlines that defined this year. The results of this election would definitely be added to that list.
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    A few minutes later, I walked to the second floor of the Engineer Building where there was a big computer room to process the enrollments. To our dismay ever, the line was still full. I received a text from my friend Mia that she was on her way here. I told her the bad news that was full but I'd be waiting for her here to help her. A voice then called me out from the crowd as a petite girl with long, black hair clad in a grey T-shirt and black jeans approached me.

    "Oh hey there Mia." I said as we both embraced, having not seen each other since the first semester. "How are you now?" I asked.

    "Like everyone else. Stuck at enrollment." Mia replied with a laugh and a smile. Mia was my classmate in high school. We were both close friends since we were classmates since kindergarten but like almost all, we parted ways after high school due to the different track we chose. She'd always come to me if she needs help here in college, of which I gladly assisted her without anything in return. We both then sat at lockers as we both waited to be admitted inside the computer room. We talked for things for a while, about life and the news currently gripping the world.

    "This year has been crazy, Mia." I added. "Everything is like a clusterf_ck they said. From local politics to that viral outbreak in Korea then now followed by the elections in the States."

    "Tell me about it Gill." Mia replied. "2016 is an odd year."

    "Definitely has to be." I replied right as I took out my smartphone and decided to film the line on my SnapChat.

    "Can't believe we almost saw a zombie apocalypse." Mia added. "I always think they were fictional. I'm just happy we won over the threat. I remember back then in high school, you were addicted to the zombie genre so much."

    "I ain't ready if it happened here Mia." I said. "Hopefully, it does not happen again." I added, noting to the fact that the K-Z Virus might emerge anywhere without warning despite the UN assuring the international community that the epidemic was 99% under control. They were just waiting for the remaining Infected in Korea to die of starvation and exposure to the elements. Still, we could not afford to let our guard down. The fact that the North Koreans tried to use the Infected as biological weapons terrified the world that terrorists could use the virus as a bioweapon. Thankfully, nothing has happened since the Second Korean War ended with the Chinese toppling that madman. I hope it stays that way. I muttered.

    "I envy you Gill, you're about to graduate." said Mia.

    "I'm kinda attached to this place now, LOL." I replied, though I did not want to be attached to this place as well. "Last five months, better make this count." I said. I had a thought of joining the USC Mountaineers even I did not join during the first semester. Hmm, I'll think of this later on the day. I said to myself.

    Finally, it was our turn to go in the computer room. As we entered, it was a crowded as ever. Some of the browsers crashed, forcing the students to refresh them. This is one of the problems of enrollment week, hence the term "Enrollment Wars." as browsers, the server, and even the department get flooded with the amount of students trying to enroll all at once at the same time. Well, my role here was just to accompany my friend Mia, so while I used a computer to watch the news of the election. Clinton was still leading according to the Google Map of the United States, but Trump was slowly catching up. Looking at the people in the computer room, it did oddly remind of the polls in the States. I then decided to film the ordeal on my SnapChat. I placed the caption: "Feels like the election here, USC edition." Scrolling past the search results, several left-wing media were already smearing Trump. Checking my Twitter, my feed was mainly composed of election-related news. Sadly, the browser crashed again due to the amount of students trying to enroll at the same time. It was almost lunchtime. Mia then approached me, apologizing to me she that she would take long.

    "I'm so sorry Gill, but I'll be staying longer here." She said.

    "I can wait for you, you know." I said, being polite. "I really don't mind waiting here."

    "I suggest you go ahead of me, I really don't know how long this would take." She insisted. Though I did not want to leave her, she insisted I was better off going ahead. Well, can't argue with a lady.

    "If you say so, then I'm gonna get some lunch now." I said. Before leaving however, I had to be courteous and polite. "Goodbye Mia, you'll be able to enroll eventually. Text or call me if anything happens." I said with a short chuckle.

    "Bye Gillan." Mia said as we both embraced. And then I left to get some lunch at the dormitory cafeteria. It was a long walk but it would be worth the walk since I get to have some sizzling fried chicken. Yum, I thought. As I paid for lunch, I passed by the dormitory's TV which was showing the current U.S. elections in a local Philippine news channel. In the corner of my eye, I saw that Trump took the lead. "Oh boy, this is it." I said just as my plate of sizzling fried chicken arrived.
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    Donald Trump has taken the lead.
    - @CNN on Twitter

    Republican Donald Trump takes the lead from Clinton as of 11 pm EST.
    - @FoxNews on Twitter

    HOLY SHIT! IT IS HAPPENING! ALL HAIL OUR GOD EMPEROR TRUMP!
    - Jackson Boon (Queenland, Australia), Facebook

    Crybabies spotted at the Hillary Clinton HQ in New York.
    - Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet), Facebook

    Zombies are much better than Trump winning! Someone better fix this shit right now.
    - Miley Cyrus on Twiter
    How sick of you to say that! Many South Koreans died in that outbreak and the war that followed. Have some respect for our service that died in Korea.
    - Robert O' Neil [former U.S. Navy SEAL] reply on Twitter.
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    "Hey Gillan, thanks for accompanying me today. I'm enrolled now." [incoming text message]

    "Oh hey, that's good to hear Mia. And you're utterly at most welcome. You're my friend after all. Have a nice day. :)" [outgoing text message]
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    The thing I like about enrollment week is that the professors don't attend classes for like almost the entire week. I'm not saying all, there are still some that enter. For today however, we were mostly free so we were slacking off and just listening to the news. I was around 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM - a beautiful sunny afternoon indeed - when I heard student scream and shout in the hallway. I was with my friend Denzel and Jenny just chilling the floor beneath the Biology Department when we heard the scream. We decided to investigate and as we ascended the stairs, we saw one of the liberal Filipino-American students screaming and having a breakdown right here, in the hallway. A small group of people and passerbys just looked at the scene. I took me time he was from liberal Washington State and his breakdown was because of the inevitable: Donald J. Trump just won the Presidential Elections. I checked my smartphone to see if it was true. My Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, and Facebook all said the same thing. Trump was going to be the POTUS by January 20th, 2017. Even the local news networks here in the Philippines were posting or tweeting about it. Today's Carolinian made a post about it as well. The Filipino-American continued with his breakdown at the hallway while people were watching him as they passed by. The rest of the country did not really mind who won at all since the Philippines has its own problems to deal with. Still, many that followed the mainstream media were caught up in this "anti-Trump" hysteria, even those people outside the United States. In fact, I could say that student having a breakdown in the hallway was one of these. There were already reports of protests and riots occurring in some cities across America. The hashtag #NotMyPresident then became trending on Facebook and Twitter.

    "Bullsh_t! This is bullsh_t!" Denzel ranted in anger. Turns out he was also anti-Trump. Jenny and I just watched. "Wake up America, why did you vote for this idiot?!"

    We kept silent. There was nothing to say. In fact, the elections in the States is not our problem at all.

    Later, I realized that Trump's victory was indeed inevitable, fueled by fear of refugees bringing diseases. The outbreak of the K-Z Virus in South Korea just fueled things up to eleven. Donald J. Trump won both the majority vote and the electoral collage. Clinton already conceded as it was a clear victory for the Republicans. Yet, there were those that could not accept the results of the elections. They were calling for a recount despite the count already favoring for Trump. I then shared the map published by Fox News showing the almost clear difference between Red and Blue. Most states were Red, though the northeast and the three states of the West Coast plus Hawaii remained Blue.


    Results of the 2016 United States Presidential Election in this alternate timeline.​

    With the big news having been broken, I don't really have much to say now. This is 2016 now. I said to myself. Trump has no effect on me, that's for sure. What is called The Great Meme War has became a victory for the conservatives. Nothing much left for this year except Christmas. The WHO is still months away from getting the vaccine for the K-Z Virus; that would definitely make some big headlines. I then checked my social media accounts noting both reactions of pro-Trump and anti-Trump networks on the Internet. Truth be told, it was funny to read them. I then decided to join USC-Mountaineers even though I did not know anything mountaineering-related.
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    Gillan: Hey guys, I'm sorry I've never showed up in first-sem. You see, I was busy with my undergraduate thesis. I hope you guys understand.

    Tresha: Oh hi there. Yes it is ok to join. Can you join the pre-panelling interview this Saturday and the team-building activity this Sunday?

    Gillan: For sure, yes I can.

    Tresha: Alright, that's good to know.

    Marco: Just bring your hardbound as proof.

    Gillan: Look guys, I'm really sorry ok? The whole first semester was a trauma conga line for me and I barely made it.

    Tresha: It's alright.Studies first.

    Gillan: Thanks for understanding.

    John Jeffrey: *thumbs up emoji*
    Seen by Anther, Grace, Leigh, Gaille, Justin, and 3 others

    Facebook group chat of USC Mountaineers Applicants+Rookies+Members 2016-2017

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    I stayed late until sundown here in the university. Many were still shocked of the results of the election. Others well did mind since we are in the Philippines. The Internet however, was abuzz with activity. The Elections became the most trending topic online; it was expected to last for the next few weeks to come. It apparently even beat the records of how trending the K-Z Virus Outbreak and the Second Korean War. Later, when I went home, I talked to a store owner who was also following the news as with everyone else. "This is life now, life has unexpected plot twist. Trump winning was one, so was the outbreak in Korea that surprised the world."

    I could not agree more on what he said. This is 2016 now. I repeated to myself. I then looked forward to meeting my fellow co-applicants this weekend. At this point, I didn't even really care if I'd look like a dummy in front of everybody else.
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    Gaille: Come here guys
    [posts a pic of food being cooked in a camping stove]

    Aubrey: [posts a pic of more food being cooked].

    Scott::love::love::love::love::love:

    Gaille: Come here! Come Evan, Scott is looking for you. Oh wait it was Simon hahahahaha, joke.

    Evan: Hahahaha is it alright?

    Gaille: Of course! Hahahaha

    Airiese: Oh how delicious

    Ann: That looks good. How long was that?

    Gaille: [posts a picture of Tresha sitting down in sofa]

    Ann: Hahahahahaha. Hi Sham [Tresha's nickname]. The chicken looks good. Where are you guys?

    Gaille: We're in James' place.

    Aubrey: We are in James' The Handsome dude's place.

    Ann: Too bad I can't come, I have a curfew.

    Gaille: That's too bad.
    Seen by Gillan, Justin, John Jeffrey, Mikaela Isabel, Tresha, Herman, and 7 others
    Facebook Group Chat of USCM APPLICANTS ONLY!!!, 7:34 - 10:04 pm
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    November 9th, 2016
    8:00 PM Philippine Time (Morning in the USA)
    James Ariola's Residence
    Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines


    A group of friends meets in a nondescript house in Mandaue City. They are applicants of USC-M. Today, they were "studying" some mountaineering principles as the members of the organization will give them a quiz this Sunday. They invited all the applicants, including the newbie named Gillan but it appears some could not come due to other reasons. However, the newbie assured them that he will appear on Saturday and Sunday.

    "Hmm, I have a feeling I now this guy." James Ariola, the owner of the house and "leader" of the applicant group said.

    "Who? Gillan?" Tresha asked. Currently "second-in-command" of this group, she oversaw the fried chicken being cooked by Aubrey, Gabrielle, and Simon.

    "Yeah, we were neighbors before." James added. "He lived two houses away from me."

    "Small world eh?" Gabrielle added.

    "Couldn't agree more Gaille." James replied, referering to Gabrielle's nickename.

    "I wonder why he could not appear." Gabrielle asked.

    "He was busy with his thesis. Don't worry, he'll show up this weekend." Tresha added. Behind her, the flatscreen TV was on CNN showing the reactions of millions of Americans to Trump winning in the elections. It was already morning in the United States but it was late in the evening here in James' residence.

    "Change the channel!" Demanded Gabrielle. "I'm not interested in that political shit." The girl said, tired of listening to news of the Trump's victory that flooded almost all TV news networks and social media accounts. First it was the K-Z Virus Epidemic then the Second Korean War, then finally this.

    "Will do ma'am." James replied.

    Half an hour later, John Jeffrey arrived in James' house on a bicycle. "Hey, sorry I'm late. So what's for dinner?" JJ asked.

    "Here's some fried chicken." Aubrey offered the plate.

    "Thanks!" JJ replied. "So it is really true we have a new guy on board?"

    "Yup, we'll see him this weekend."
     
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    Testimony #1: Where were you during the outbreak? (Senz, France)
  • OOC: Feel free to write your testimonies where you were during the outbreak in South Korea on July 20, 2016. This is written by @Ukron

    Since today is the third year anniversary of the K-Z Virus Epidemic, we thought to gather some testimonies of people in Korea and around the world when the virus showed up. This testimonies include from your everyday average man, diplomatic personnel, military personnel, and politicians who have withnessed the outbreak first hand or have seen it on TV.

    How did I join the army? Tt does not seem very obvious finally but after the attacks of November 2015 in Paris, I already had this feeling of wanting to make me useful to my country. This idea was reinforced by the events of July 2016 in South Korea. I remember that day quite well, the summer of my 17 years and famous breweries, immediately after my first baccalaureate. The night between July 20, 2016 and the 21 was to be an unforgettable date, when the first pictures of South Korea reached us, many of my friends and I had been hit by the July 14 attack in Nice but we were going to be a lot more shocked. At 10 PM, the French media reported violent riots and the massive deployment of the South Korean army in the cities of Incheon and Seoul. For me and my parents, it was obvious that South Korea would be the victim of another war with its northern neighbor.

    A few hours later, when we returned from the party, at around 3 AM, the news was much more confusing and the media was already insisting on the violent aspect of what we called "the rioters", It's a few minutes later. Later that the BBC released a video showing one of these bloody "rioters", half of the face blown off by a bullet attacking a South Korean soldier.

    "How is that possible?" I asked my father

    "They may be drugged?" Answered my mother

    "What the hell is that?"

    "How do you want a drug addict to do that?"

    Euronews' journalist began listing lists of South Korean cities where the phenomenon had occurred, recalling videos of filmmakers filmed in Seoul showing the Korean army firing live ammunition at a horde of "rioters" leaving dozens of dead bodies in the streets.

    - Testimony from a man named Jules from Senz, France as he saw the outbreak live on TV from across the globe
     
    Testimony #2: A ROK Soldier's testimony
  • Here in South Korea, every boy at the age of 18 is expected to serve in the military. It has been mandatory since the time at the end of the Korean War. Its purpose is to instill nationalism in the defense of our freedom and democracy and to add a pool of manpower to our 600,000 strong ROK Armed Forces in the case of war against our northern neighbor, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. They have 1.5 million troops and have advantage over us since they possessed nuclear weapons. We only have our anti-ballistic missiles to defend but anyone who is a no-brainer know even the best defenses would hold up to 100% most of the time.

    The night of July 20th, I was deep into my service near Busan when our commanders called us for mobilization. It was not a drill. We thought we were at war, the day every Korean feared since July 27, 1953. Even then, my parents and grandparents lived through the Cold War, the 1969 DMZ Conflict, and other possible flashpoints. I was still in elementary when North Korea tested their first nuclear weapon in 2006, along with the sinking of ROKS Cheonan, and the 2013 crisis. I feared this was it. We were going to die in a "sea of fire" if we had to as the mad man up there says. Later at the mess hall, all of us soldiers were gathered at the TV where we saw KBS broadcasting footage of "civil unrest" in Seoul and Incheon. We were all shocked at first. Who could be rioting at this time of day? Sure many of us did not agree with our then-President at that time, but the fact riots appeared at night on a seemingly ordinary workday. Then we noticed there was something wrong with the rioters. They did not look normal. They ran at great lengths and could survive injury. I saw one took five rounds to the chest before going down. The veins around their faces gave out that they weren't normal. My fellow soldiers and I thought it was some kind of drug. That was all we thought until we were told that these people were infected with a some kind of mutant version of the rabies. It all seemed so surreal. We were going up against the gumiho we see Western media. They were the fast type like the ones in Left 4 Dead, 28 Days Later, and the movie version of World War Z.

    We were to be deployed to Busan which was designated as a safe-zone and the provisional capital of the ROK as the President headed here. It reminded us of days of the Battle of the Second Pusan Perimeter during the Korean War. It what is called the Second Pusan Perimeter, our forces successfullyIn just 16 hours, 80% of the country fell to the Infected except for a few isolated parts and some outer islands. Ultimately, we held the line, just like our ancestors. We were able to rescue some refugees as well, including a pregnant woman and a child whom we later found out that they were the only two survivors of the last train the left Seoul for Busan in the morning of July 21st.

    I remained in Busan guarding the safe-zone with our American and other allies even at the time when the KPA crossed the DMZ on September 2nd, 2016. Though we and our allies pushed back the North while the Chinese disposed of that madman up there, I was horrified of the fact the he ordered a nuclear attack on Paju to stop the hordes he foolish unleashed and increased with "liberation campaign". Those were the darkest days of my life as well as many Koreans.

    Three years later, I consider myself lucky for being in Busan at that time. Many I know aren't so fortunate being nowhere near a safe-zone or many have just simply given up in life with the horror and trauma created from the outbreak and the Second Korean War. One thing I know for sure is our problems here in Korea are from over even with all the Infected being all but wiped out.

    - Pvt. Hong Joo-Won (21, then-18) from Jeju Island, Republic of Korea
     
    American Voice Actors react to the outbreak
  • Here's some Twitter posts by American voice actors reacting about the K-Z virus outbreak in South Korea.

    I very hope that the Korean people is going strike back against the zombies
    - Erica Mendez (@tsunderica), Twitter

    Please pray for them in Korea
    - Xanthe Huynh (@ItsXanthor), Twitter

    Hope that any American people living in South Korea are alright.
    - Sandy Fox (@SandyFoxWorld), Twitter

    Zombies are real in Korea, this is terrifying!
    - Christine Marie Cabanos (@ChristineMCVA), Twitter

    For anyone in Korea, please be safe
    - Johnny Yong Bosch (@johnnyyongbosch), Twitter
    retweeted by tara platt, Cassandra Morris, Stephanie Sheh, Patrick Seitz, Bryce Papenbrook, Steve Blum, Erika Harlacher, Kira Buckland, and 17K Others


    I'm saddened & devastated to hear the horrible news about the zombie outbreak in South Korea. Sending thoughts and prayers.
    - Michelle Ruff (@MichelleRuffvo1), Twitter

    A zombie outbreak? I hope D.Va can kick some zombie butt!
    - Erin Fitzgerald (@ErinFitzgerald), Twitter

    First time expanding your TL anyway.
     
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    November 2019
  • The ongoing process Korean Reunification, November 10, 2019. Tomorrow November 11, 2019 will mark the second anniversary of Kim Jong-Un's death penalty which was view by millions around the world.

    ROK and Provisional DPRK officials meet for another round of negotiation.

    Pro-reunification South Koreans hold a protest burning effigies of the late Kim Jong-Un in the Busan Safe Zone, November 10, 2019. (AP)

    ROK Army soldiers in MOPP gear monitoring for radiation levels near the ruins of Paju, which was destroyed by a North Korean nuclear weapon as hordes of Infected brought by the retreating KPA followed them there. (KBS News)​
     
    BONUS: Philippine Navy mission to South Korea
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    WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016
    BRP Tarlac to deploy to South Korea - DND

    BRP Tarlac (LD-601) during its delivery cruise to Manila from Indonesia. (Philippine Navy/Official Facebook Page)

    The Navy's newest ship, the BRP Tarlac, will be deployed to South Korea to assist in the evacuation of Filipino nationals in the country in a statement by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana with President Rodrigo Duterte in yesterday's press briefing at the Malacanang Palace.

    "We cannot afford to abandon our countrymen in South Korea as this plague affects their country." President Duterte said.

    When asked about the status of the Filipinos in Korea, Duterte said that the Department of Foreign Affairs has been hard at work contacting the Philippine Embassy at Seoul. Reports stated the Embassy was evacuated at dawn and resumed operations in Busan, which has been declared the provisional capital of Korea. According to the DFA, there are over 65,000 Filipinos in South Korea as of 2015. Of that, only 20% of that has been accounted. There are already confirmed reports of Filipinos among the casualties of the outbreak. Updates will continue to follow at the DFA's website.

    On July 20th, 2016, a previously unknown disease broke out in Seoul. Overnight it spread to roughly the entire country, save for a the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula as the ROK Armed Forces established a defensive perimeter in Busan. The disease is believed to be a mutation of rabies. The mode of infection is confirmed to be from direct-fluid contact, as it spreads through bites from infected personnel. These infected are dangerous and will respond with homicidal aggression to the nearest uninfected individual. They have earned the nickname "zombies" due to their similar behavior from the horror creatures in modern-day pop-culture.

    "There will be no AFP boots on the ground." Lorenzana affirmed. "We cannot risk any casualties among our service members. The ship will strictly be in the Port of Busan ready to pick up any Filipino national that wishes to return home."

    Lorenzana further emphasized that the Tarlac will be joining the RIMPAC fleet led by the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. The RIMPAC exercises in the Hawaii area were diverted to assist in the blockade of the Korean Peninsula. Only the exercises in the southern California area will continue.

    "In this way, we affirm our responsibilities to help our South Korean allies in need." Lorenzana later added.

    This deployment to South Korea is not the first time for the AFP. Back then in 1950, under President Elipido E. Quirino, the Philippines sent troops to South Korea as part of the United States-led United Nations forces to protect it from invasion by the North Koreans. The Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) comprised of 7,500 men along with numerous ships, tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, and jeeps. The Filipinos fought both the North Koreans and the communist Chinese forces from 1950 to 1953. 112 Filipinos were killed-in-action during the Korean War. Ever since, this deployment has strengthened diplomatic relations with South Korea. In November 2013, South Korea sent troops and relief goods to affected areas in the Philippines in the aftermath of Tyhoon Yolanda. Now, the Filipinos will return to South Korea to assist their allies.

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye, speaking from Busan via telephone call, personally thanks Duterte for the assistance.

    The BRP Tarlac is the lead-ship of the Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel based on the Indonesian Navy's Makassar-class landing platform dock. Like the Makassar-class, it is built at the PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the Tarlac was awarded on July 9, 2013 and the keel was laid-down on July 5, 2015. The Tarlac began sea trials on January 18, 2016 before being delivered to the Philippines. The ship has a Standard load of 7,400 tons and a full load of 11,583 tons. The ship has a complacement of 500 sailors and officers. It has a cruising speed of 13 knots (24 km/h) and a maximum of 16 knots (30 km/h). Ships of this class can stay at sea for 30 days before needing replenishment. The ship carries two landing craft - utility (LCU) or landing craft mechanized (LCM) boats in addition to two RHIBs. It has two flight decks for naval helicopters. For the ship weapons, it is lightly armed for a purely defensive role. It has one 76 mm (3 in) main gun on foredeck, two 25 mm secondary guns, one each on port and starboard sides, and six .50 caliber machine guns meant to engage smaller boats and low-flying helicopters. She is currently the largest ship in the navy's fleet. Another ship of the same class, the BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) is expected to be launched this September and will be delivered to the Philippine Navy by May 2017.

    Related Story: AFP, PNP on high alert (page 4.)

    No threat of KZ Virus in the Philippines - DOH

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    OPINION:
    The Philippines is not ready for a KZ Virus epidemic.

    How the BRP Tarlac deployment ensures the U.S.-RP alliance stands strong despite the President's efforts to stir closer to China and Russia.
     
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    Initial international military response (ORBAT) - July 20, 2016
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    Infographic showing the initial numbers of military units responding to the Korean Zombie Virus epidemic.​

    United States
    (~19,060 personnel, not counting DOD civilian employees and civilian dependents)
    United States Army
    - Eighth United States Army (Yongsan Garrison - safe)
    - 2nd Infantry Division (Camp Humphreys - safe)
    - 604th Air Support Operations Squadron (Camp Humphreys - safe)
    - United States Army Medical Department Activities Korea
    - 65th Medical Brigade
    • US Army Medical Materiel Center-Korea
      • 25th Transportation Battalion
    - Far East District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers
    - 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (Kunsan AB)
    • 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
      • 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment – MIM-104 Patriot missile batteries
    Light-armored vehicles: Humvees
    Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles: M1A1 Abrams, M2 Bradley, Stryker IFV
    Aviation: UH-60 Blackhawks, AH-64 Apaches

    United States Air Force
    --Pacific Air Forces
    ---Seventh Air Force
    ----8th Fighter Wing (Kunsan Air Base)
    • 8th Operations Group
      • 35th Fighter Squadron - F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
      • 80th Fighter Squadron - F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
    -----51st Fighter Wing (Osan Air Base)
    • 51st Operations Group
      • 25th Fighter Squadron - A-10C Thunderbolt II
      • 36th Fighter Squadron - F-16C/D Fighting Falcom
    ---Fifth Air Force
    ----18th Wing
    • 18th Operations Group
      • 33rd Rescue Squadron - Detachment 1 (GSU) - HH-60G Pave Hawk
    ---Air Mobility Command
    ----USAF Expeditionary Center
    • 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing
      • 515th Air Mobility Operations Group
        • 731st Air Mobility Squadron (GSU) - C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster, C-5 Galaxy

    United States Navy
    Seventh Fleet

    - USS Ashland (LPD-20)
    • 2 x LCACs
    • 1 x LCU
    • 3 x CH-46 Sea Knight helictopers
    • 2 x MV-22 Osprey
    - USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)
    • 20 x AV-8B Harrier
    • 4 x AH-1W/Z Super Cobra/Viper attack helicopter
    • 20 x MV-22B Osprey
    • 4 x CH-53E Super Stallion
    • 6 x SH-60F Seahawk ASW helicopter
    - P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from USFJ bases.
    - P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from USFJ bases

    United States Marine Corps
    - III Marine Expeditionary Force
    - ~2,000 Marines aboard the USS Green Bay and the USS Bonhomme Richard along numerous LAV-25s, M1A2 Abrams, AAV7s, Humvees, etc.
    Japan
    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
    - JS Hyūga (DDH-181)
    • 3 x SH-60K Seahawk​
    • 1 x AW101​
    • Other aircraft​
    JS Kirishima (DDG-174)
    • 1 x SH-60K Seahawk
    - P-3C Orion maritime patrol craft

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force
    - 4 x Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jets

    China
    People's Liberation Army
    PLA Ground Force
    (deployed at the Sino-Korean Border)
    - 20,000 troops
    - 80 armored vehicles: Type 11 assault vehicle, Type 90 (WZ-551), PGZ-95, various SPGs, and AA-vehicles
    - 50 x Type 99 MBT
    - 30 x Helicopters: Z-10, Z-8, Z-11, Gazelle

    PLA Navy (deployed at the Yellow Sea)
    North Sea Fleet (Qingdao Naval Base)
    - 1 x Type 052D Destroyer (NATO/OSD: Luyang III-class destroyer)
    • Xining (117)​
    - 2 x Type 051C Destroyer (NATO/OSD: Luzhou-class destroyer)
    • Shenyang (115)​
    • Shijiazhuang (116)
    - Harbin SH-5 and KJ-2000 maritime patrol planes

    PLA Air Force
    - Fighter jets: Su-30 (Flanker-C), Su-35 (Flanker-E), J-10 (Firebird), J-11 (Flanker-L).
    - Cargo: Il-28
    - AWACS: KJ-2000

    Russia
    Russian Ground Forces (at the Russo-Korean border near Vladivostok)
    - 1,500 personnel from the Far Eastern Military District
    - 63 APCs/IFVs: BTR-80, BMP-7, ZSU-23-4 (Shilka), 2K22 Tunguska (Grison)
    - 75 tanks: T-90 MBT, T-72
    - 23 helicopters: Mi-8 (Hip), Mi-24 (Hind), Mi-28 (Havoc)

    Russian Air Force
    - Fighter jets: MiG-29 (Fulcrum), MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F), Su-27 (Flanker), Su-30 (Flanker-C), Su-35 (Flanker-E) etc.
    - AWACS: Beriev A-50 (Mainstay)

    Russian Navy
    Russian Pacific Fleet
    - 1 x Slava-class destroyer
    • Varyag
    - 1 x Udaloy I-class destroyer
    • Marshal Shaposhnikov
    - 6 x Il-38 (Dolphin) maritime patrol plane
    Note: Among the 20,000 ground troops deployed by the Russian Ground Forces, an estimate 500-1,000 are believed to be Russian Naval Infantry
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    Difference between this Timeline and the Official Canon
  • As you guys know, I made this timeline around September 2017 and the announcements for a sequel were not yet confirmed. They were still rumors at the time I started this. Since the producers did not really expound on what type of zombie they were using, I interpreted their zombies as a technically-living ones so I went the route of 28 Days Later-style where the outbreak is contained and the zombies die of starvation within a month of so.

    Peninsula was only confirmed around late 2018 or somewhere in 2019. Since its plot takes place four years after the outbreak decimates the entire Korean Peninsula, this is where the path forks between my fanfic take and the official canon.
     
    Operation Sea Paladin - Units Involved (ORBAT)

  • Australia
    - 1400 personnel: RAN sailors, Royal Australian Army, SAS-R operators
    - 10 APCs/IFVs: M113, LAV-25
    - 5 tanks: M1A1 Abrams
    - 3 ships:
    • HMAS Ballarat (FFH-155), an Anzac-class frigate​
      • 1 x MH-60R Seahawk​

    • HMAS Canberra (L02), a Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD)​
      • 4 x LLC​
      • 5 x MH-60R Seahawk​

    • HMAS Warramunga (FFH-152), an Anzac-class frigate​
      • 1 x MH-60R Seahawk​
    - 5 x RAAF F/A-18 Hornet operating from MCAS Iwakuni
    - 2 x P-3 Orion from Kanoya and Ashiya airfield
    - 3 x C-17 Globemaster III from air bases in Japan
    - 1 x MQ-9 Reaper

    Brunei
    - 20 Royal Brunei Navy officers on board allied ships

    Canada
    - 800 personnel (most Royal Canadian Navy sailors) with a handful of Army and JTF-2 operators
    - 15 APCs/IFVs - M113, LAV-25
    - 8 tanks - Leopard 2A4/A6
    - 2 ships (each with a helicopter)
    • HCMS Calgary (FHH-335), a Halifax-class frigate
      • 1 x CH-148 Cyclone
    • HCMS Vancouver (FFH-331), a Halifax-class frigate
      • 1 x CH-148 Cyclone
    - 8 x CF-18 Hornets from Atsugi AB, Yokota AB, JASDF Hamamatsu, MCAS Iwakuni
    - 4 transport planes (at U.S. or Japanese air bases)
    • 1 x CC-130J Super Hercules
    • 1 x KC-130T Hercules
    • 1 x C-17 Globemaster III
    - 3 x CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol planes

    Chile
    - 185 Chilean Navy sailors and officers
    - Almirante Cochrane (FF-05)
    - 1 x Westland Lynx

    China
    50,000 ground troops and PLA-N sailors
    - 200 armored vehicles: Type 11 assault vehicle, Type 90 (WZ-551), PGZ-95, various SPGs, and AA-vehicles
    - 300 tanks: Type 99 MBT
    - 70 x Helicopters: Z-10 (Fierce Thunderbolt), Z-8 (SA 321 Super Felon), Z-11 , Z-9 (Haitun), Gazelle
    - 9 ships:
    • 1 x Type 052D destroyer (NATO/OSD: Luyang III-class destroyer)
      • Xining (117)
    • 2 x Type 051C destroyer (NATO/OSD: Luzhou-class destroyer)
      • Shenyang (115)
      • Shijiazhuang (116)
    • 1 x Type 001 aircraft carrier
      • Liaoning(16)
        • 26 x Shenyang J-15 (Flanker X-2)
        • 2 x Z-9 (Haitun)
    • 1 x Type 926 submarine support ship (NATO: Dalao-class submarine support ship)
      • Chiangdao*
    • 1 x Type 903 replenishment ship (NATO: Fuchi-class/Qiandaohu-class replenishment ship)
      • Gaoyouhu (966)*
    • 1 x Type 054A frigate (NATO: Jiangkai II-class frigate)
      • Hengshui (572)*
    • 1 x Type 920 hospital ship
      • Daishan Dao/Peace Ark (866)*
    • 1 x Type 052C destroyer (NATO/OSD: Luyang II-class destroyer)
      • Xi'an (153)*
    • 2 x submarines (possibly Yang-class or Ming-class)
    * Chiangdao, Gaoyouhu, Hengshui, Peace Ark, and Xi'an originally deployed to RIMPAC 2016 exercises in Hawaii. The Peace Ark is currently anchored at Jeju Island treating refugees from injuries and diseases not stemming from the KZV.
    - Harbin SH-5 and KJ-2000 maritime patrol planes
    - 40 x fighter jets and bombers: Su-30 (Flanker-C), Su-35 (Flanker-E), J-10 (Firebird), J-11 (Flanker-L), Xian H6-K
    - Cargo: Il-28
    - 3 x KJ-2000 AWACS plane
    - 6 x UAV
    - 1 x surveillance satellite

    Colombia
    - 30 Colombian National Navy personnel (sailors and officers)

    Denmark
    - 10 Royal Danish Navy personnel (sailors and officers)

    France
    - 150 Marine Nationale personnel (126 sailors, 24 marines)
    - 1 x Floréal-class frigate
    • Prarial(F 731)
      • 1 x Eurocopter AS565 Panther
    Note: Ministry of Defence mulling on the possibility of deploying French Foreign Legion in the Pacific to support operations in Korea.

    Germany
    - 100 German Navy personnel (including Seabattalion)

    India
    - 257 Indian Navy personnel (sailors and officers)
    - INS Satpura (F48), a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate
    --2 x helicopters (HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk.42B)

    Indonesia
    - 80 TNI-AL personnel (sailors and officers)
    - RKI Dipnegoro (365), a Sigma 9113-class corvette
    Note: President Widodo mentioned the possibility of deploying Indonesian Marines to support Korean relief operations.

    Italy
    - 20 Regia Marina personnel (sailors and officers)

    Japan
    - 960 personnel (mostly JMSDF)
    - 3 warships:
    • JS Hyūga(DDH-181), a Hyūga-class helicopter carrier destroyer*
      • 3 x SH-60K Seahawk
      • 1 x AW101
      • Other aircraft
    • JS Kirishima(DDG-174), a Kongō-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 1 x SH-60K Seahawk
    • JS Chōkai (DDG-176), a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer*
    • 1 x Sōryū-class submarine deployed from Kure Naval District
    *JS Hyuga and JS Chokai were originally deployed to the RIMPAC 2016 exercises in Hawaii
    Note: The Japanese Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Myōkō (DDG-175) will be joining the JMSDF fleet off the coast of the Korean Peninsula by August 12, 2016.
    - 4 x maritime patrol planes (2 x P-3C Orion, 2 x Kawasaki P-1)
    - 6 x fighter jets (4 x Mitsubishi F-2, 2 x F-15J)
    - 1 x UAV
    - 1 x surveillance satellite

    Malaysia
    - 10 officers from the Royal Malaysian Navy

    Mexico
    - 15 Mexican Navy personnel (officers and sailors)

    Netherlands
    - 10 officers from the Royal Netherlands Navy

    New Zealand
    - 190 Royal New Zealand Navy personnel (officers and sailors)
    - 1 ship
    • HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), an Anzac-class frigate
      • 1 x SH-2G(I) Seasprite
    - 1 x P-3 Orion based out from Ashiya airfield

    Norway
    - 25 Royal Norwegian Navy personnel (officers and sailors)

    Peru
    - 15 Peruvian Navy officers

    Philippines
    - 205 personnel from the Philippine Navy (officers and sailors) and some airmen from the Philippine Air Force
    - 1 ship
    • BRP Tarlac (LD-601), a Tarlac-class landing platform dock/strategic sealift vessel
      • 2 x LCU or LCM
      • 2 x RHIB or LCVP
      • 2 x AW109E Power
    - 1 x C-130
    - 1 x C-295

    Russia
    Russian Ground Forces (at the Russo-Korean border near Vladivostok)
    - 3,000 personnel from the Far Eastern Military District
    - 120 APCs/IFVs: BTR-80, BMP-7, ZSU-23-4 (Shilka), 2K22 Tunguska (Grison)
    - 100 tanks: T-90 MBT, T-72
    - 50 helicopters: Mi-8 (Hip), Mi-24 (Hind), Mi-28 (Havoc)
    - 25 x fighter jets and bombers: MiG-29 (Fulcrum), MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F), Su-27 (Flanker), Su-30 (Flanker-C), Su-35 (Flanker-E), Tu-95 (Bear), Tu-22M (Backfire)
    - 1 x Beriev A-50 (Mainstay) AWACS plane
    - 6 ships:
    • 1 x Slava-class destroyer
      • Varyag (011)
    • 1 x Udaloy I-class destroyer
      • Marshal Shaposhnikov (543)
      • Admiral Tributs (564)
      • Admiral Vinogradov (572)
      • Admiral Panteletev (548)
    • 1 x Sovremennyy-class destroyer
      • Bystryy (715)
    - 6 x Il-38 (Dolphin) maritime patrol plane

    Singapore
    - 90 Republic of Singapore Navy personnel (officers and sailors)
    - 1 ship:
    • RSS Steadfast (70), a Formidable-class frigate
      • 1 x S-70B Seahawk
    South Korea
    - 2,200,000 of all branches of the ROK Armed Forces. Day 1 of the outbreak reduced the strength of the ROK Armed Forces to 60% strong. All reservists and able-bodied men called to duty.
    - 2,312 APCs/IFVs: K200/A1, K21, BMP-3, M113(K1), KM900/901, Barracuda, K-9 SPGs, MH-179 towed howitzer, K-55 howitzer, KAAV7A1 inventories from ROKA and ROKMC
    (Note: K151 armored vehicles entered production in June 2016 and were not yet ready by the time of the outbreak)
    - 1,282 tanks: K1E1, K1A1/K1A, K2 Black Panther, M48AE3K, T-62, T-72, T-80 from ROKA and ROKMC
    - 479 helicopters: UH-1 Huey, UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47 Chinook, Surion, MD-500, AH-1 Cobra, AH-64 Apache, Bell 412, HH-60P, S-92, Ka-32, Eurocopter AS332
    - 375 fighter jets: FA-50 Golden Eagle, F-5E/F, KF-5E/F, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-4 Phantom, F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
    - 149 trainer planes: F-5F, F-16D, K-T, TA-50, KT-100
    - 4 x Boeing 737 AWACS plane
    - 10 x Recon planes: 8 x Hawker 100, 2 x Dassault Falcon
    - 4 x KC-30A tanker
    - 21 x transport planes: 12 x CN-295, 9 x C-130J/H
    - 55 ships:
    • 2 x Sejong the Great-class destroyer
      • ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991)*
        • 2 x Super Lynx or SH-60 Seahawk
      • ROKS Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG-993)
        • 2 x Super Lynx or SH-60 Seahawk
    • 2 x Changmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer
      • ROKS Changmugong Yi Sun-sin (DDH-975)
        • 2 x Super Lynx
      • ROKS Dae Jo-yeong (DDH-977)
        • 2 x Super Lynx
      • ROKS Wang Geon (DDH-978)
        • 2 x Super Lynx
      • ROKS Gang Gam-chan (DDH-979)*
        • 2 x Super Lynx
      • ROKS Choe Yeong (DHH-981)
        • 2 x Super Lynx
    • 1 x Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyer
      • ROKS Eulji Mundeok (DDH-977)
        • 2 x Super Lynx
    • 1 x Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship
      • ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111)
        • 15 x helicopters (UH-1H, UH-60P, Super Lynx)
    • 1 x Cheon Wang Bang-class landing ship tank
      • ROKS Cheon Wang Bang (LST-686)
        • 2 x LCM
    • 2 x Go Jun Bong-class landing ship tank
      • ROKS Hyang Ro Bong (LST-681)
        • 258 x Marines
        • 12 x K1 or K2 tanks
        • 14 x KAAV7A1
        • 8 x 2.5 ton trucks
        • 4 x LCVP
        • 1 x UH-60 Blackhawk
      • ROKS Sung In Bong(LST-685)
        • 258 x Marines
        • 12 x K1 or K2 tanks
        • 14 x KAAV7A1
        • 8 x 2.5 ton trucks
        • 4 x LCVP
        • 1 x UH-60 Blackhawk
    • 2 x Solgae (LSF-631)-class landing air cushion
    • 2 x Solgae (LSF-621)-class landing air cushion
    • 1 x Wonsan-class minelayer
      • ROKS Wonsan (MLS-560)
    • 3 x Yangyang-class minesweeper
      • ROKS Yangyang (MSH-571)
      • ROKS Ongjin (MSH-572)
      • ROKS Haenam (MSH-573)
    • 3 x Ganggyeong-class minehunter
      • ROKS Gangin (MCH-562)
      • ROKS Goryeong (MCH-563)
      • ROKS Gimpo (MCH-565)
    • 2 x Tongyeong-class salvage and rescue ship (ATS)
    • 1 x Cheonghaejin-class submarine rescue ship (ASR)
    • 1 x Singiwon-class surveying ship (AGS)
    • 1 x Sinsegi-class surveying ship (AGS)
    • 1 x Dadohae-class midget submarine tender (ASL)
    • 3 x Mulgae (LCU-87)-class landing craft utility
    • 7 x Mulgae (LCU/L 79)-class landing craft utility minelayer
    * Ship was deployed to RIMPAC 2016
    - 18 submarines
    • 9 x Dosan Ahn Chango-class submarine**
    • 9 x Sohn Wonyil-class submarine
    ** ROKS Lee Eokgi (SS-071) was deployed to RIMPAC 2016

    Thailand
    - 600 personnel from the Royal Thai Navy, Royal Thai Army, and the Royal Thai Marine Corps
    - 1 ship
    • HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVH-911), a Chakri Naruebet-class aircraft carrier
      • 6 x SH-60 Seahawk
      • 4 x MH-60S Knighthawk
    Tonga
    - 30 Tonga Maritime Militia personnel

    United Kingdom
    - 60 Royal Navy personnel (sailors, officers, Royal Marines, SBS)
    - 3 x C-17 Globemaster III carrying supplies
    - 1 x surveillance satellite
    Note: Whitehall recently announced about deploying forces to nearby Japan or Korea. Nearest Royal Navy vessel in the Far East on standby. UKSF teams considered to provide assistance to ROK forces.

    United States
    - 36,200 U.S. military personnel (Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard; not counting civilian dependents, DOD contractors, DOD civilian employees, MARAD personnel)
    - 220 APCs/IFVs: M113, LAV-25, Stryker, SPGs, towed howitzers, Humvees, MRAPs
    - 200 tanks: M1A1/A2 Abrams
    - 150 helicopters: UH-60 Blackhawk, SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk, HH-60 Pavehawk, MH-6 Little Bird, AH-1 Cobra, AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook, CH-53 Stallion, CH-46 Sea Knight
    - 200 fighter aircraft: F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, F-35B Lightning II (USMC) from bases in Japan and South Korea
    - 6 x bombers: B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancers from Anderson AB, Guam
    - 2 x E-3 Sentry AWACS
    - 50 x transport/tankers/maritime patrol: C-130 Hercules, MC-130, KC-130, KC-135, C-17 Globemaster III, C-5A Galaxy, P-3 Orion, P-8A Poseidon, U-2
    - 10 x MQ-9 Reaper (some armed with missiles)
    - 1 x surveillance satellite
    - 24 x ships
    Initial response naval vessels:
    • USS Ashland (LSD-48), a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship
      • 4 x LCAC
      • 21 x LCM-6
      • 36 x AAV7
    • USS Green Bay (LPD-20), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
      • 2 x LCAC
      • 1 x LCU
      • 4 x CH-46 Sea Knight
      • 2 x MV-22 Osprey
    • USS Germantown (LSD-42), a WhidbeyIsland-class dock landing ship
      • 4 x LCAC
      • 21 x LCM-6
      • 36 x AAV7
    • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship
      • 20 x AV-6B Harrier II
      • 20 x F-35B Lighting II
      • 4 x AH-1W/Z Super Cobra/Viper
      • 22 x MV-22B Osprey
      • 4 x CH-53E Super Stallion
      • 6 x SH-60F/HH-60 Seahawk
    RIMPAC fleet:
    • USS America (LHA-6), an America-class amphibious assault ship
      • Numerous aircraft: AV-8B Harrier II, F-35B Lighting II, MV-22B Osprey, CH-53E Super Stallion/CH-53K King Stallion, UH-1Y Venom, AH-1Z Viper, MH-60S Seahawk
    • USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 2 x MH-60R Seahawk
    • USS Coronado (LCS-4), an Independence-class littoral combat ship
      • 2 x MH-60R Seahawk
      • 1 x MQ-8 Fire Scout
    • USS Howard (DDG-83), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 2 x MH-60R Seahawk
    • USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), a Nimitz-class carrier - currently the flagship of Operation Sea Paladin
      • 36 x F/A-18E Hornets
      • 12 x F/A-18C Hornets
      • 6 x EA-18G Growlers
      • 8 x SH-60F or HH-60H Seahawk
      • 3 x E-2C Hawkeye
      • 3 x C-2 Greyhound
    • USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser
      • 2 x SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk
    • USS Pinckney (DDG-91), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 2 x MH60R Seahawk
    • USS Princeton (CG-59), a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser
      • 2 x SH-60B or MH-60 R Seahawk
    • USS San Diego (LPD-22), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
      • 2 x LCAC
      • 1 x LCU
      • 4 x CH-46 Sea Knight
      • 2 x MV-22
    • USS Shoup (DDG-86), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 2 x MH-60R Seahawk
    • USS Stockdale (DDG-106), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 2 x SH-60 Seahawk
    • USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
      • 2 x SH-60 Seahawk
    • USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), a Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler
    • USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169), a Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug (to be retired later in 2016)
    • USNS Rainer (T-AOE-7), a Supply-class fast combat support ship
    • USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), a Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler
    • USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50), a Safeguard-class rescue and salvage ship (to be retired later in 2016)
    • USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
    • USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), a Legend-class cutter
      • 1 x MH-64C Dolphin MCH
      • 2 x ScanEagle sUAS
    • 4 x submarines (possibly Seawolf-class, Los Angeles-class, or Virginia-class submarines)
    USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group 5
    - was patrolling the South China Sea area starting on July 1, 2016 when called to redirect to the Korean Peninsula on its way back to Yokosuka
    • USS Ronald Reagan(CVN-76), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
      • 36 x F/A-18E Hornets
      • 12 x F/A-18C Hornets
      • 6 x EA-18G Growlers
      • 8 x SH-60F or HH-60H Seahawk
      • 3 x E-2C Hawkeye
      • 3 x C-2 Greyhound
    • USS Chancellorsville(CG-62), a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser
      • 2 x SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk
    • USS Shiloh(CG-67), a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser
      • 2 x SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk
    Note: The USS Forth Worth (LCS-2) will dock in Cebu City, Philippines on August 27, 2016 for a three-day port visit before heading over to the Korean Peninsula to support the U.S.-led naval quarantine.

    DOD - Department of Defense
    MOD - Ministry of Defense
    MND - Ministry of National Defense
    PCG - Presidential Communications Group
    CNA - Channel News Asia
    CCTV - China Central Television
    SCMP - South China Morning Post
    RT - Russia Today
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