The year is 2027 and the United States has been invaded and occupied by a nuclear-armed Greater Korean Republic. Kim Jong-Il has died, Kim Jong-Un has taken over and invaded South Korea, Japan, and finally, the United States, which becomes a police state where "high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles," according to the game's publisher, THQ. This is the "terrifyingly plausible" premise behind Homefront, where players are invited to "join the resistance, stand united and fight for freedom against an overwhelming military force."
Released in March, 2011, Homefront was promptly banned in South Korea. Yet in the United States, it became one of THQ's best-selling games -- setting a record for U.S. pre-orders for the publisher, with over 200,000 copies sold before the launch.
According to former CIA officer Tae Kim, who worked with the developer on Homefront:
We created this world in which Kim Jong II dies and his son, Jong Un, unites North and South Korea, taking control of its economy, military personnel and hardware.... At the same time, the U.S. economy is in a decline and there's a pullback of the U.S. influence and military bases overseas that North Korea is able to take advantage of. In the Middle East, a new conflict between Israel and Iran ties up the European powers and Russia. The U.S. has withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving a power vacuum. China, which has invested so much in the U.S., has become entrenched internally trying to contend with a massive recession that's the result of the U.S. turmoil.
Terrifyingly plausible, indeed.