Some stuff about Guam and the Mariana Islands:
In 3/6/1521, Ferdinand Magellan, a Portugese explorer, landed in Guam, or the Islas de los Ladrones (Islands of the Thieves), in the Southern Mariana Islands. Before being decimated by disease, the Chomorros (the indigenous people) stole everything they could from his Spanish ships. We welcomed such talented and noble people to the United States in 1898 after acquiring the islands from Spain via the Spanish American War.
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands were acquired from Japan through the horrific sacrifice, brutal combat, and the mass death of American and Japanese soldiers, Marines, and sailors in the Second World War. - historical facts: Wikipedia
Some stuff about North and South Korea:
Korea, first established in part just before the Birth of Christ, was colonized by Japan at the turn of the last century becoming a part of Japan by 1910.
After World War II (1945) the nation was divided at the 38th Parallel between occupying Russian forces in the north and American forces in the south.
The Korean War erupted on the Korean Peninsula in 1950 between the North and South Koreans: the communist government of the north invaded the democratic-capitalistic society of the south. With the addition of American and Chinese forces the conflict escalated. The war ended by truce in 1953 with up to "five million dead, wounded, missing, half of them civilians."* The Chinese and the North Koreans moved north of the 38th Parallel and the Americans and the South Koreans established themselves south of the U.N.-established border, defined by latitude. - *FactRetriever.com, Wikipedia
To steal from my own cartoon and a short story: The Koreans and the Chomorros were living in complex structures in advanced civilizations in Korea and in the socially-civilized islands of the Marianas while the Irish were still living in the trees. But, the Irish climbed down by themselves while the English had to wait for the fire department.
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