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Korean People's Army
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Leader(s) Kim Jong-un
Appears in Homefront
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The Korean People's Army, or KPA, is the main antagonistic faction in Homefront.

Overview

Historical background

Once the standing military force of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the army saw action during the Korean War (1950–1953), which ended in an armistice agreement. The Korean People's Army continued to reign as the military force of North Korea, where it faced the forces of South Korea and the United States of America at the Korean Demilitarized Zone for over 50 years following the end of the Korean War. Small engagements between North and South Korea took place within those years, most notably in the first ten years of the 21st century.

Storyline events

Following the death of Kim Jong-il and succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-un, in 2012, the Korean peninsula was reunited by Kim Jong-un and named it the Greater Korean Republic. As a result, the outdated North Korean military (standing at 4 million strong, including 2.4 million in the reserve) was integrated into the existing South Korean military structures, in which many North Korean officers were discharged and demoted, posted under South Korean officers in order for the Korean government to seek talented generals. Because of this military integration, mandatory military service was eliminated, causing many South Koreans to react positively towards it, as military service in South Korea was compulsory but unpopular.[1]

By 2015, then GKR President Kim Jong-un made great strides in modernizing the KPA, replacing and scrapping most of the Soviet-era ordnance and upgrading the Army's training in an accelerated program.[2] The military was also commonly armed with American-made weapons and vehicles, resulting from its integration with the South Korean military, however they had also utilized advanced weapons from the Chinese Military as their vehicles such as their attack helicopters and MBT's are brought off China. By 2017, the KPA was outfitted with trained special operation teams and was supposedly made as a worldwide peacekeeping force.[3]

In 2018, the modernized KPA first saw combat in Japan after the Greater Korean Republic went to war with the said nation. KPA forces successfully conquered Japan after having captured 26 Japanese nuclear power plants near metropolitan areas and threatened to destroy them following the destruction of the Chugoku nuclear power plant.[4][5] Thereafter, the KPA further served in annexing Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam into the GKR. Malaysia however, joined voluntarily.

The KPA further participated in several peacekeeping operations in Iraq alongside the Iranian military in 2020[6] and intervening in the ethnic violence in Nigeria in 2023. By the latter year, the KPA was lauded by ambassadors and officials worldwide for its actions in Nigeria, along with aid missions to Sri Lanka and hurricane relief efforts in Cuba.[7] As of 2023, the KPA had grown, reaching 25 million personnel, thanks largely to contributions from GKR member states. Becoming the largest standing army in the world, the KPA includes an Expeditionary Force of more than 5 million troops that was dedicated to "helping countries torn by conflict create a lasting peace."[8]

Furthermore, the KPA's policy allows citizens of the GKR that are joining the military to gain entrance into the GKR's ruling party and secure special privileges, such as unfettered travel among member states and additional fuel rations. Additionally, all family members are guaranteed employment while any one of them is serving in the Republic Military.[8]

By 2024, the GKR launched their own satellites and had now set its sights on the financially and militarily weakened United States of America. By 2025, KPA forces began a mass invasion of the United States after an orbital EMP strike, seizing Hawaii, and controlling San Francisco, resulting in two years of occupation in the United States. Within those two years, the Korean military had seized all of the United States west of the Mississippi River, and as such commenced with Operation Watersnake in an attempt to maintain its hold on the west. Under the Korean Occupation, the KPA enforced a very harsh rule over American citizens and warred against the American Resistance, in which the KPA were willing to punish and even kill American civilians in retaliation to the attacks committed by the Resistance.

Service Branches

Ground Force and Occupational Forces

The Ground Force serves all Infantry roles for the Korean People's Army. Although some of their small arms are foreign made, such as the SCAR-L, SCAR-H, and the T3AK, many of their weapons are American-made, such as the M4, M249, Super V, and the 870 Express. According to a Newspaper Article, the reason for this is stated by Huh Kyung-Young; "Americans make the best weapons, and we want only the best." These firearms were either acquired during the Korean Reunification (as South Korea used America's firearms due to them formerly being allies), or were taken from U.S. Armories during the Invasion and subsequent Occupation of the United States. They also use drone technology within their forces, including the RQ-10 Parrot, the MQ50 MG Wolverine, the AQ-11 Buzzard, and also autonomus Sentry gun towers.

Occupational Police Force

The Occupational Police Force provides all Security and Policing services within all member nations of the Greater Korean Republic, including Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the NKFOA. They mainly carry out their services in towns, cities, labor camps, etc. Nearly all of their Small Arms conform to those of the Ground Force.

Light Infantry Division

They are in-charge of implementing and maintaining Operation Water Snake. Through Executive Order #4034, the Light Infantry Division redeposits additional Caesium-137, Radioiodine, and Strontium-90 every 17 to 24 months.

Special Operation Force

The original purpose of the Special Operation Force was to launch attacks against South Korean defenses. After the GKR was formed, it attacked the nuclear facilities in Japan forcing it to surrender. Special Operations Force troopers later distinguished themselves in leading the invasion of Hawaii, the first American state to fall in the Korean-American War.

718 Division

The 718 Division is a special forces unit. They are first mentioned in Operation Water Snake implementing Operation FanFire, the burning of grasses and forest in the Mississippi River every 3-6 months. They are also used for security in some slave and labor camps. In 2027, they destroyed the Gunnison cell of the American Resistance, and also participated in the Battle of San Francisco. They wear heavy body armor and are primarily equipped with the ACR rifle or SCAR-H LMG.

Foreign collaborators

In addition to Koreans, Foreigners were also allowed to join the KPA or sometimes are simply conscripted against their will. They participated in the implementing of Operation Water Snake. Two groups, codenamed Red Eagle (Northern Neo Patriot Front), and Red Bison, deployed the weapon in the Mississippi River. The collaborators have strongholds in Minnesota and Arkansas. After the take over of Japan, the Imperial Japanese Navy was forced to help the Korean Navy by transporting troops to Los Angeles.

People's Navy

The People's Navy provides the KPA with naval support. They are first mentioned in Operation Water Snake. They transported Material XYZ, along with the Imperial Japanese Navy, to Los Angeles. They are again mentioned in Golden Gate. They defended San Franciso bay against US ships but failed. They also set up a blockade in San Diego bay, to protect the military headquarters located there, 5 U.S. Navy destroyers were able to break through this blockade around the time San Francisco was attacked by U.S. forces.

People's Air Force

The People's Air Force provides the KPA with aerial support. They have in their inventory the Su-47 Berkut, a Russian forward swept-wing, supersonic jet fighter; the Z-10 Chimera, a Chinese attack helicopter; the UH-60 Blackhawk, an American medium transport helicopter; the AH-700 Scout, a light armed reconnaissance helicopter; the AH-1 Cobra, an older attack helicopter of American origin; the Mi-24 Hind, a combined attack-and-transport helicopter of Soviet origin; and various UAVs, including advanced UCAVs.

The KPA may also fly other advanced fighters, such as the Russian PAK FA stealth fighter. The KPAF may have also taken over projects such as the Korean KFX fighter and Japanese Mitsubishi ATD-X. The People's Air Force also flies confiscated USAF aircrafts including B-2 Spirit Bombers, C-130Js, C-17 Globemasters, KC-10 Extenders, and KC-135 Stratotankers. There are KPA air bases in Johnson, Missouri and Minot, North Dakota.

Artillery Guidance Bureau

Also known as the Missile Guidance Bureau, it is the strategic missile force of North Korea. It is equipped with Soviet, Chinese and locally developed missiles. It is responsible for the EMP attack on the United States.

Citizen's Engineering Brigade

In order to "encourage" residents to leave strategic areas, this unit of the KPA breached multiple dams and reservoirs. This caused catastrophic flooding in the surrounding areas and allowed the military to move in.

Weapons and Equipment

Soldiers of the KPA wear desert camouflaged uniforms and helmets with a beige bulletproof vest and a red handkerchiefs covering their mouths and noses. Snipers on the other hand wear ghillie suits above their uniforms. The KPA has numerous standard issue weapons, but many of them are American made such as the M4 rifle (presumable captured weapons) but also the M16 assault rifle, the M249 machine gun, the M9 pistol and the Kriss super V submachine gun, few others being made elsewhere, such as the T3AK (actually a chinese QBZ-03 rifle). They have access to numerous drones and vehicles as well, including Helicopters, Tanks, Armoured Personal Carriers, and Humvees. Their Helicopters include the Z-10 Chimera, AH-700, and the UH-60; Their Main Battle Tank is the T-99; and their Main APC is the LAV-25. Their drones include the Goliath, RQ-10 Parrot, AQ-11 Buzzard, MQ50 MG Wolveine, the MQ-60 AT Rhino, and the autonomous Sentry Gun Tower. It is a semi-autonomous Sentry tower drone that uses a 20-mm autocannon, as a defensive weapon

Gameplay

3 different types of KPA infantry units appear in the single-player campaign. These are the KPA police, KPA soldiers, and 718 special forces soldiers. KPA police appear in the early missions of the game, have 75 units of health, and take 2 assault rifle shots, 3 pistol shots, or 3 submachine gun shots to kill. KPA soldiers are fought in all missions of the game, have 100 units of health, and require 2 assault rifle shots, 3 pistol shots, or 4 submachine gun shots to kill. 718 special forces soldiers only appear in the 8th and final mission, have 150 units of health, and require 3 assault rifle shots or 6 submachine gun shots to kill.

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Trivia

Sources

  1. Unified Korean Military will include many North Korean soldiers
  2. New Korean president plans to modernize the Korean military
  3. North Korean special forces aim to be "best in the world"
  4. Japanese capitulates to Korean occupation
  5. Japanese towns, cities evacuated in the aftermath of nuclear power plant destruction
  6. Korean Officials provide details of Iraq Operations
  7. GKR Peacekeeping mission in Nigeria a success
  8. 8.0 8.1 North Korean Military grows
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