The Fifth Republic of Korea, 1981
The year is 1981 and South Korea stands at the precipice of transformation. President Chun Doo-Hwan has officially been inaugurated, marking the beginning of the Fifth Republic of Korea. Comprised of the most influential voices in Korea, the new national assembly has come together, dedicated to the development of their nation. Rapid economic development and a successful bid for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games spell exciting changes for the country. However, civil unrest, an authoritarian president, and the ever-present communist threat to the North endanger the assembly’s mission. President Chun, a former military colleague of the assassinated Park Chung-Hee governs the nation with a brutal and unforgiving fist. Just last year, protests of his instatement of martial law erupted in a mass uprising in the city of Gwangju which was brutally suppressed by the government. Although the exact circumstances of the Gwangju uprising have been kept under wraps, whispers of murdered civilians have crept out of the Jeolla Province, inflaming tensions in Seoul. The assembly must carefully navigate the political circumstances in order to lead their nation, still grappling with memories of occupation and devastating conflict, into a new world of their making.