I have tried to create a map using GeoGraphics, and I have not been able to get one with the same quality as the result Wolfram|Alpha gave me.

WolframAlpha["distance between eeuu and north korea", {{"Map", 1}, "Content"}] 

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 GeoPath[{Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"], 
   Entity["Country", "China"]}], GeoBackground -> "VectorMonochrome", 
 GeoProjection -> "AzimuthalEquidistant"]

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Can I create a similar map with the same quality (the Wolfram|Alpha image is, for example, vectorized) to the one Wolfram|Alpha gave me using GeoGraphics directly?

In fact, this question is related to others that I've seen some people ask on other sites and never got an answer: If I get a result from Wolfram|Alpha, is there any way to, from that result, get the code I can write in Mathematica to generate it? That is, given the image map, how do I get Mathematica to give me the code for that image?

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    $\begingroup$ No, I don't think it is possible to get the "raw" code which is used internally in Wolfram|Alpha to generate such plots. However, I don't think it's that difficult to recreate the map. Can you please show us what you've tried so far? For example: even a simple loc1 = Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"];loc2 = Entity["Country", "NorthKorea"]; GeoGraphics[{{FaceForm[Orange], Polygon[loc1], Polygon[loc2]}, Red, Darker@Red, Arrow[GeoPath[{loc1, loc2}]]}, GeoBackground -> "CountryBorders"] comes very close. $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Commented Feb 29 at 16:51
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. This is the code I wrote and noticed that the vectorized graphic lost quality when using GeoProjection: GeoGraphics[ GeoPath[{Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"], Entity["Country", "China"]}], GeoBackground -> "VectorMonochrome", GeoProjection -> "AzimuthalEquidistant"] $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 29 at 16:58

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Here is a rough approximation. First, you generate a temporary GeoGraphics just to get correct positioning (GeoCenter, GeoRange ...). Then, you can get a high quality world map from Polygon[Entity["GeographicRegion", "World"]].

loc1 = Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"]; 
loc2 = Entity["Country", "NorthKorea"]; 

(* Temporary GeoGraphics *)
geo = GeoGraphics[{Polygon[loc1], Polygon[loc2], 
   Arrow[GeoPath[{loc1, loc2}]]}];

GeoGraphics[{{EdgeForm[Gray], FaceForm[LightGray], 
   Polygon[Entity["GeographicRegion", "World"]], GeoStyling[Orange], 
   Polygon[loc1], Polygon[loc2]}, Darker@Red, Thick, 
  Arrow[GeoPath[{loc1, loc2}]], Red, PointSize[Large], 
  Point[{loc1, loc2}]}, GeoBackground -> None, 
 Sequence @@ Options[geo]]

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This is pretty close, I think:

   Polygon /@ {Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"], 
     Entity["Country", "NorthKorea"]}}, {Red, 
   Arrow[GeoPath[{Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"], 
      Entity["Country", "NorthKorea"]}]]}}, 
 GeoBackground -> {"CountryBorders", "Land" -> GrayLevel[0.95], 
   "Ocean" -> White}]

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    $\begingroup$ Ah, GeoStyling instead of FaceForm for vivid colors, thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Commented Feb 29 at 17:13

Perhaps something like this:

usa = Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"];
korea = Entity["Country", "NorthKorea"];

   {GeoStyling[Append[Orange, 0.8]], Polygon[GeoVariant[usa, "AllAreas"]], Polygon[korea]},
   {ColorData[112, 1], AbsoluteThickness[2], Arrow[GeoPath[{usa, korea}]]},
   {Red, PointSize[Large], Point[{usa, korea}]}
  GeoBackground -> {{"CountryBorders", "Land" -> GrayLevel[0.9], 
    "Ocean" -> None, "Border" -> GrayLevel[0.7]}},
  GeoProjection -> "LambertAzimuthal",
  GeoRange -> GeoBounds[GeoGroup[{usa, korea}]],
  PlotRangePadding -> Scaled[.06],
  AspectRatio -> 1/GoldenRatio

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