Territory in northeast Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Daehanminguk

Reference

South Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국; Hanja: 大韓民國; Daehan Minguk), is a sovereign state in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name 'Korea' is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages. Its neighbors are China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the Korea Strait to the south. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. It covers a total area of 99,392 square kilometers and has a population of almost 50 million. The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 9,794,304. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 7.98, Rank: 35, Personal Freedom: 8.57, Economic Freedom: 7.40, Democracy Index: 7.94
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.40, Rank: 42
South Korea | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 83, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"The April 2015 suicide of businessman Sung Wan-jong, who left a note implicating senior government officials in corruption, shook the administration of President Park Geun-hye and prompted the resignation of Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo. Other allegations of corruption in recent years had prompted the passage in March of an anticorruption law that made it easier to convict government officials accused of bribery, but the law was criticized for also including journalists and educators."

Articles

North Korea's Nukes: Why Now?, by Justin Raimondo, 11 Oct 2006
"The United States is the single greatest obstacle to a peaceful, reunified Korean peninsula. The reason for this is, simply put, because Washington adamantly refuses to end its 50-year-plus military occupation of the South. ... South Korea proceeded along the path to democracy in spite of, rather than with the assistance of, the American occupiers."
Related Topic: Korea, North