A country divided in half - One half is cut off from the internet, the other has a vibrant internet culture.
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Korea is currently divided into two parts:
- North Korea - Almost all common citizens can't get on the internet. The cronies of the now-deceased Kim Jong-il rule it with an iron fist.
- South Korea - Has a vibrant internet culture. It's the birthplace of MapleStory and Ragnarok Online. Also it has a large Starcraft fanbase. Google isn't too popular in the south; Naver and Daum are the dominant Korean search portals.
Korea was cut in half after World War II. Previously Japan governed the country as a colony. As Japan's empire crumbled, the Soviet Union invaded from the north, and the United States came in from the south.
That lead to two different fates for the halves. While the South was initially a dictatorship under Syngman Rhee, democracy movements took place, and now South Korea has a very high internet usage rate and strong broadband services. On the other hand, Kim Il-sung ruled the north until he died. Kim Jong-il took over and continued to rule the country with an iron fist until his death. He told everybody in the north that everything good is in the north and that you don't need to look elsewhere. Presumably his successors still say the same things
Maplestory originates from the south
Ragnarok Online is another popular game from the south
StarCraft is very popular in the south