Post by TheRomanSlayer on Feb 14, 2021 5:00:27 GMT
Recently, I have watched a documentary about the Koryo-saram, which are Koreans who migrated to Russia during the decline of the Joseon Dynasty, and from there on, the Korean Russians have built a community there in what is now the Russian Far East until 1937, when they were deported to Central Asia under Stalin's orders, on the pretext that they might be Japanese spies (given that in the 1930s, Korea was a Japanese colony back then).
If Russia had been more proactive in East Asia and had viewed Korea as a potential area for a key warm water port, and would have formally turned it into its protectorate on the model of Congress Poland or Finland, how would this affect the entire Korean peninsula? Would the culture of a Korea that is under Russian protectorate status resemble more of a mix between the OTL Koryo-saram culture that is prevalent among the Koryo-saram, along with ATL Standardized Korea being modeled on the endangered Koryo-mar dialect?
I guess the PoD for a Russian Korea could either involve nerfing the Manchus and preventing them from conquering all of China and forming the Qing Dynasty, or a worse collapse of the Qing Dynasty in the 1860s with Russia taking over the entirety of Manchuria and forming a protectorate over both Mongolia and Korea. (Though the PoDs that I would have used would be killing off the Qing and either bringing in the Shun to replace the Ming, or a surviving Ming Dynasty).