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The Land of Morning Calm by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the worst happened on the Korean Peninsula? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 2010, the necessary orders to authorise the invasion of South Korea were signed on this day by "Eternal President" Kim Il-sung in a mausoleum larger than Buckingham Palace under the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

Sixteen years before the deceased leader had been shot full of embalming fluid and then placed under glass. And to entertain the pretense that he was still alive, officials brought the occassional document for the Eternal President to sign.

In fact a second major war on the peninsula had become increasingly inevitable since March 26th when a South Korean navy ship the Cheonan was sunk by a torpedo, killing forty-six sailors. Investigators from five countries had concluded that it was a North Korean torpedo that sank the 1,200-ton corvette, but neither Russia nor China had accepted the conclusion.

Tragically, the attention of the White House had been split between this dispute, and the world ecological crisis in US History. In the immediate aftermath of the sinking of the warship, both Koreas had terminated diplomatic and economic relations, whilst the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been unable to exert any significant influence. Having avoid conflict for over fifty years, the irony was that the conflict was caused by a decided lack of American belligerence.

Author says original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's genius "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea takes on the World" by Gordon G. Chang (2006). To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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