|Great Korean Empire|
OTL equivalent: Korean peninsula (except Incheon), Dalian, Wenhai, Yantai, Liaoning, portions of Jilin
("Enrich the state, strengthen the military") (Korean)
Nos richesse et nos puissance
("Our wealth and our power")(French)
(and largest city)
|Ethnic groups||Koreans (60%), Manchurians (34.9%), Russians (0.3%), Other (4.8%)|
|Religion||None (freedom of religion)|
|-||Coup of 1388||May 20, 1388|
|-||Coronation of Taejo||July 17, 1392|
|-||Creation of Hangul||October 9, 1446|
|-||Shift to constitutional monarchy||1867|
|GDP (PPP)||1879 estimate|
|Currency||Korean Yang (양, 陽)|
|Time zone||KST (UTC+9)|
|Date formats||yyyy년 mm월 dd일
The Great Korean Empire (Korean: 대한 제국, tr. Daehan Jeguk) is a constitutional monarchy situated in East Asia, bordering China to the West, Japan to the East, and Russia to the North. It has more than 30 million people living in a 239,750 km² (148,974 sq mi) expanse of land that includes the Korean peninsula, the Liaodong peninsula, and the northernmost tip of the Shandong peninsula.
The preceding Joseon dynasty was founded by King Taejo in late 14th century. The early parts of the dynasty was marked by high progress and development based in the Confucian model, with trade with China and other nations flourishing. However, the later part of the dynasty was influenced by a harsh policy of isolationism after being threatened with invasions from Japan and the Qing dynasty. After being threatened by Japan's subjugation as a de facto extension of British will and public pressure from the reformist yangban class, Emperor Gojong initiated a series of reforms that has led Korea on the path to modernisation, later proclaiming the establishment of the Empire.
It is internationally recognised as a major regional power, and has recently become a westernised state that has adopted modern European institutions and systems. It is one of the most developed states in the Orient, along with its neighbour Japan. It is a founding member of the Eurasian Organisation of Mutual Assistance and Economic Development.