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Republic of Korea
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Kim Dae-Jung

(YNAEMP alt: Gwangju)




South Korea led by Kim Dae-Jung is a custom civilisation by Homusubi.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Kim Dae-Jung []

Kim Dae-jung was president of South Korea from 1998 to 2003, the second president following the restoration of democracy, and a key figure in the preceding democratic movement. He is also the only Korean to have received a Nobel Peace Prize.

Kim was the son of a middle-class farmer, and he graduated from the Mokp'o Commercial High School at the top of his class in 1943. He began working as a clerk in a Japanese-owned shipping company and in 1945 took over the company, eventually becoming a wealthy businessman. During the Korean War he was captured by the communists and sentenced to be shot, but he managed to escape.

In the 1950s Kim became an ardent pro-democracy activist and in 1954 voiced opposition to the policies of Pres. Syngman Rhee. After five attempts at elective office, Kim finally won a seat on the National Assembly in 1961, but the election was nullified following a military coup d’état led by Maj. Gen. Park Chung-Hee. By the age of 40 he had earned a reputation as one of South Korea’s most gifted orators and charismatic politicians. He became increasingly critical of Park’s policies, and in 1971, a year after becoming president of the National Democratic Party, Kim ran against Park in a national presidential election. Kim lost, despite winning more than 40 percent of the vote. He was by then an outspoken critic of the repressive policies of the Park government.

In 1973 Kim was kidnapped from his hotel in Tokyo by agents of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency and was returned forcibly to South Korea; that act severely strained relations between Japan and South Korea. In 1976 Kim was again arrested, having agitated for the restoration of democracy. He was released from house arrest in 1979 just two months after Park’s assassination on October 26 of that year. Kim was arrested in May 1980 on charges of sedition and conspiracy and sentenced to death, but Park’s successor, Pres. Chun Doo-Hwan, commuted the sentence to life imprisonment and later to 20 years. In December 1982 Kim was allowed to leave South Korea for medical treatment in the United States, but the trip became an exile. Able to return to South Korea in 1985, he resumed his role as one of the principal leaders of the political opposition. In 1987 he ran for the presidency and lost after splitting the antigovernment vote with rival opposition candidate Kim Young-Sam. He ran again for the presidency in 1992 but was defeated by Kim Young-Sam, who had merged his own Reunification Democratic Party with the ruling Democratic Justice Party to form the Democratic Liberal Party.

Kim formed a new political party, the National Congress for New Politics, in 1995 and made his fourth bid for the presidency in 1997. By that time the ruling Democratic Liberal Party had lost popularity because of corruption scandals in Pres. Kim Young-Sam’s administration and the electorate’s outrage over the increasing instability of the South Korean economy, which was caught in the financial crisis sweeping through Southeast and East Asia. Kim formed an electoral coalition with the conservative United Liberal Democrats led by Kim Jong-Pil, and in the presidential election of December 18, 1997, Kim Dae-Jung won a narrow victory over the ruling party’s candidate, Lee Hoi-Chang.

Once in office Kim immersed himself in overcoming the financial crisis and restructuring banking, business, and labour practices. Under his leadership, South Korea emerged from International Monetary Fund bailout programs in a shorter time than expected. He then set about improving relations with North Korea. His “sunshine” policy allowed South Koreans to visit relatives in the North and eased rules governing South Korean investment in the country. In 1998 direct talks between the two countries resumed after a four-year hiatus, and from June 13 to 15, 2000, Kim met with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il. During the historic summit, which marked the first meeting between leaders of North and South Korea, both sides agreed to work toward eventual reunification. Barred by electoral rules from running for a second term, Kim left office in 2003; he was succeeded by Roh Moo Hyun.

Dawn of Man[]

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Scene by Homusubi, Dawkinzz, and TopHatPaladin

"Hail, Kim Dae-Jung, president of the people of free Korea, for the Blue House awaits your arrival after your long struggle for justice. Korea is a proud nation, the culture of the peninsula, its mountains and bays and great cities, thriving against all odds, as hungry powers from the west, east, and north all looked on Korean lands with envy. Still, your home lies split in two, every Korean from Baekdu to Bukhan forced to live under the yoke of a king of torture and deceit. For a time, so were the southern lands, until you led the people in their cry for freedom. Now democratic at last, you must guide the south through the trials of this world, and indeed, with its often-admired industry and fearsome cultural power, your people are as prepared as can be.

Mr President, the tasks ahead are numerous, but they are not impossible. Korea has come so far; a strong, independent, thriving Korea, free from all division imposed by outsiders, is in your grasp. Can you achieve the dream at last? Can you build a civilisation that stands the test of time?"

Introduction 1: "Free Korea welcomes you, whoever you may be. I am this country's president, and I sincerely hope our relationship will lead to peace and prosperity for us both."

Introduction 2: "Ah, another stranger, come to see the wonders of Korea. I trust you will leave here in love with our home."

Defeat: "A shrimp between whales, yet again... does it ever end? Well, whatever, it is not as if your fight for Korea is anywhere near finished, or as if it will ever be."

Unique Attributes[]

South Korea (Kim Dae-Jung)
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March for the Beloved

When capturing and holding an enemy city, receive a population-dependent number of bonuses as the city progresses through Resistance Resistance, as well as a burst of CultureIcon Culture when the Resistance Resistance finishes.

  • For cities captured with 4 or more population (post-capture):
    • A quarter of the way through Resistance, the city spawns a copy of the best available melee unit to South Korea.
    • Halfway through Resistance, the city heals completely.
    • Three-quarters of the way through Resistance, the city gets an extra defensive building (so for example, if the city already has Walls, this would give it a Castle).
  • For cities captured with 3 population:
    • On the first turn of Resistance, the city spawns a copy of the best available melee unit to South Korea.
    • On the second turn of Resistance, the city heals completely.
  • For cities captured with 2 population:
    • On the first turn of Resistance, the city spawns a copy of the best available melee unit to South Korea.
  • There are no bonuses for cities captured with 1 population, other than the Culture burst on the first turn of no Resistance.
  • The Culture burst is equal to the city's Population multiplied by South Korea's per-turn Culture yield.
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KAI T-50 (Jet Fighter)

Stronger than the regular Jet Fighter. Civilisations that share South Korea's Ideology can also build KAI T-50s in their cities. South Korea's Capital Capital receives an extra 1 CultureIcon Culture per turn for every KAI T-50 operated by someone other than themselves.

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Hallyu Station (Broadcast Tower)

When the Great Work slot is filled, opposing units within five tiles of the Hallyu Station city receive a 15% combat penalty when attacking.

City List
  1. Seoul
  2. Gwangju
  3. Busan
  4. Daegu
  5. Incheon
  6. Daejeon
  7. Changwon
  8. Ulsan
  9. Suwon
  10. Cheongju
  11. Jeonju
  12. Chuncheon
  13. Jeju City
  14. Seongnam
  15. Iksan
  16. Pohang
  17. Goyang
  18. Yeosu
  19. Cheonan
  20. Bucheon
  21. Gunsan
  22. Gumi
  23. Anyang
  24. Suncheon
  25. Jinju
  26. Ansan
  27. Mokpo
  28. Gimhae
  29. Yongin
  30. Haui
Spy List
  • Yi
  • Choi
  • Kang
  • Jang
  • Shin
  • Lee
  • Jeong
  • Yun
  • Im
  • Yu
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Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
March for the Beloved (Imeur wihan haengjingok), Gwangju Uprising protest song, cover by Lee Kyung-seop et al. Gangnam Style by PSY, cover by Walt Ribeiro

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

(To Kim) “Our people are now wearing your hanbok and watching your K-dramas. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

(From Kim) "I see your people are learning the difference between a hundred and eighty types of kimchi. The amazing works of our civilisation are truly inspiring!"

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 9 June 2020


  • Homusubi: original author, XML, art, most Lua, most text
  • TopHatPaladin: once again, various instances of emergency Lua consultation, help with final leaderhead
  • Dawkinzz: help with final leaderhead
  • Whoward: PlotIterators Lua functions
  • Firaxis, Encyclopaedia Britannica: parts of Civilopedia
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