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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (it is neither a democracy nor a republic), abbreviated DPRK, commonly called North Korea, is a country situated on the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. It is separated from Republic of Korea at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The country is sandwiched between the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of Korea, or South Korea.

See Korea for how Korea came to be divided.

Government

Kim Jong-un is the Supreme Leader of the DPRK. The government and society are nominally based on the ideas of Juche. While holding elections and having three political parties, it is widely described as a totalitarian, Marxist-Leninist dictatorship. A cult of personality has ostensibly formed around Kim Il-sung and his descendents.

It has seemingly evolved into essentially an absolute hereditary monarchy with power transferring within a ruling family. Its first leader, Kim Il-sung was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il, and he in turn was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un.

The DPRK utilizes a centrally planned economy.

North Korea is essentially a real world version of 1984, including the concept of thoughtcrime, and having propaganda so ridiculous that it's a joke to the rest of the world until they remember all the atrocities that has been committed by the Kim dynasty.

After North Korea's brutal dictator Kim Il-sung died, his son, Kim Jong-il, made it even more repressive for his 20 year rule, and then his son, Kim Jong-un, made it among the most repressive regimes in the world, only rivaled by EritreaSaudi Arabia, and the DAESH. This is quite different from most modern "communist" regimes, which have since moderated (even Cuba has). Also, in addition to South Korea, they also now want Japan and Guam.

Elections

The DPRK holds 'elections' every 5 years. It has 3 political parties in the Supreme People's Assembly: The Workers' Party of Korea, the Korean Social Democratic Party, and the Chondoist Chongu Party. It also has independent candidates in office. Most of the members of the Supreme People's Assembly are members of the Workers' Party of Korea.

This calls into question whether these elections are free and fair elections. According to some sources, all candidates for office are pre-selected by the government and run unopposed. Not only that, but the election system only allows to vote for (or against, which, as defectors say is very dangerous) a single candidate.[1][2]

North Korea is not a democracy. It is a crazy dictatorship with dynasties.

International Relations

Tensions are ongoing between it and powers such as the United States. The People's Republic of China is its strongest ally. Sanctions by the West caused a famine during the mid-1990s, and the country continues to suffer shortages and economic hardship, though it should be noted that malnutrition and infant mortality rates in North Korea are well above the average for Asia[3]. Lack of allies and hostility between nations necessitates that the DPRK be one of the most militarised countries in the world. The nation has developed a nuclear programme, and has recently conducted nuclear tests.

George W. Bush included the DPRK in his "Axis of Evil".  He has shied clear of claiming that there is any connection, let alone an Axis, between these Marxists and Heroin dealing Islamic fundamentalists.

Propaganda and reality

North Korea has a massive amount of propaganda. Their people are told that they have the highest quality of standard of living and that North Korea is super powerful and advanced. In reality, it's been centuries since the standards of living in North Korea would be considered the best, and they have almost no technology from after the '80s. They tell their people that the United States started the Korean War. They are told that the American Empire conquered and turned South Korea into a vassal and tried to conquer North Korea but the heroic Kim Ill Sung and his valiant military fought off the American Empire. The North Korean civilians are told that everyone else's life is miserable.

However, it can be said with near certainty that North Korea is an unpleasant place to live. In the mid-1990s, there was a famine that may have killed up to 3 Million people. While South Korea's climate is almost identical, they had grown wealthy enough at that point to import sufficient food. Satellite imagery shows that at night, North Korea is almost completely dark, while neighboring countries are illuminated, and that shows the state of North Korea's economy. Defectors from North Korea have testified to the bad conditions of North Korea.

Ahn Myong Chol is a defector who escaped through China. He worked as a guard at a concentration camp known as "Camp 22", and has testified to the inhumane conditions prisoners face inside the camp.[1] [2] North Koreans are also known for kidnapping foreigners, near economic collapse with the occasional famine killing large numbers of its oppressed people.

North Koreans live in the delusion of propaganda. They worship their leaders like gods. They believe that North Korea and it's leaders are the ultimate. Propaganda is used to cover things, such as why the internet is restricted. The North Korean people are told that they would become enraged at the internet because of the west. The North Korean government always releases propaganda videos of battle scenarios or training. They try to make it seem as though they could unify Korea so easily, yet, if it is apparently so simple, why don't they just do it?

Western Media's Coverage of the DPRK

This image of East Asia shows that while Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea have light, the DPRK does not. This image is a result of light distortion as the image isn't adjusted along with too few satellite orbits around the earth.

You can do the same to a satellite image of the United States at night given that you account for the proper variables. North Korea still has electricity issues, but it's about as much as most second and third world countries (which is impressive for a nation that had 20% of its population killed during a war in recent memory).

(By "Western media coverage," this article refers to the coverage of events in the DPRK by news media belonging to nations that further Amerikkkan geopolitical interests like Australia, KKKanada, Germany, India, Isn'treal, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South KKKorea, Ukkkraine, the United KKKingdom, et cetera).

Needless to say, the Western media's coverage of North Korea is very unreliable. There's even an entire Wikipedia article dedicated to how unreliable Western coverage of North Korea is. A few examples include:

  • A Korean general named Hwang Pyong-so was being replaced as the Director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army as a form of punishment. Western media reported that Hwang had been executed[4], but he reappeared in public in 2018[5].
  • In August 2020 several newspapers reported that Kim was dead or in a coma[6][7], which is obviously false.
  • Even though Kim praised Squid Game[8], Radio Free Asia (a US-government funded propaganda outlet) reported that several students were executed for watching the show[9]
  • A famous Korean defector, Yeonmi Park, made a few remarks that call into question the validity of her claims.
    • She said that the Bible was banned in North Korea (it absolutely is not).
    • She said that Columbia University (where she got her Bachelor's degree) using gender-neutral pronouns was an attempt to control how you think, "just like in North Korea"[10][11].
    • She said that she and her mother traveled from her hometown, Hyesan, and had to cross the Amnok river and three mountains to get into China, even though there aren't any mountains between Hyesan and the Chinese border.
    • She said that when her father died after crossing into China, she and her mother buried his cremated remains in a nearby mountain out of fear of Chinese authorities finding them[12], but her mother said that they paid two people to carry the body up to the mountain for burial instead[13].
    • She rails against gun control, saying that people would overthrow the government in North Korea if they had guns... even though civilian ownership of firearms was only banned in 2009, and plenty of guns were distributed during the Korean War (yet no one tried to assassinate Kim Jong-Il).
  • Shin Dong-hyuk, a defector whose story is covered in the 2012 book Escape From Camp 14, and whospoke to the UN about the alleged human rights abuses in North Korea[14][15], is also notable for a few things.
    • He admitted to his biographer, Blaine Harden, that he changed "some" of the details of his testimony[16][17][18]. Harden added a new foreword to the book in 2015 but didn't fix every detail in the book because a complete revision would've taken months[19], suggesting that most if not all of the book is unreliable.
    • Shin said in his biography that when he was 13-14 he overheard his mother and brother planning to escape Camp 14, yet he later said he had no knowledge of the escape.
  • After the talks in Hanoi with Pres. Trump, it was reported that Kim's entire negotiating team had been executed or sent to labour camps[20]. However, the lead negotiator, Kim Yong-chol was seen mere weeks later attending a function[21][22].
  • Ri Yong-ho, a Vice Marshal, had been relieved of his duties due to an unspecified illness. Articles claimed that they were executed[23], but this could not be verified[24].
  • Ri Yong-gil was claimed to have been executed in 2016[25][26][27], however only a few months later he was found at diplomatic talks.
  • Hyon Song Wol, a North Korean singer and the alleged ex-girlfriend of Kim Jong-Un, was said to have been executed by light machine guns[28][29] in 2013, but was seen speaking at a convention in Pyongyang a year later[30][31][32].

Absolutely Absurd "Coverage"

  • Foreignpolicy claimed that Kim Jong-un drank a litre of hennessy every day[33].
  • Newsweek claimed that Kim Jong-un didn't eat burgers (oh the horror)[34].
  • The Daily Mirror claimed that Kim Jong-il scored "11-holes-in-one in [his] first ever round"[35].
  • BBC claimed male, North Korean university students all had to have Kim's haircut[36]. A conservative newspaper, the New York Post claimed that people in North Korea weren't allowed to have Kim's haircut[37]. It was also claimed that women could only choose between a select few haircuts and they weren't allowed to dye them[37][38].
  • The Guardian claimed North Korea banned skinny jeans[39].
  • It was claimed that the North Korean government said they discovered unicorns[40]. This is false (and a bit racist). The government never claimed that it found evidence of unicorns, but that it found an archaeological site called Kiringul that was related to the ancient capital of Korea that has some reference to a kirin, a mythical being in Chinese Mythology that can resemble a unicorn[41].
  • A satire video called How Americans Live Today was uploaded to YouTube. It made ubsurd claims (though not so ubsurd) about the United States. Some news outlets ignored the obvious fact that it was a joke and claimed it was a "North Korean propaganda video"[42].
  • Several media companies said that North Korea claims that Kim Jong-Il invented the burrito[43][44][45][46][47][48], saying that Rodong Sinmun (the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea) said so in an article. Which article? They don't bother citing it. I also thought that North Korea was still in the middle of a mid-90s famine. So much for that.

How supposedly "educated" journals such as The Huffington Post, the Daily Express, The Guardian, the BBC, etc., and defectors who supposedly lived in the country have to be so dishonest so often makes you wonder. Crazy idea. Perhaps, maybe, JUST MAYBE, part of the reason they're being so intentionally dishonest is because they want to get paid and the U.S. government wants to further its geopolitical interests.

Defectors can gain major opportunities. Shin Dong-Hyuk, for example, was able to meet George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas[49]. It is estimated that Yeonmi Park's total net worth as of 2022 is somewhere between 1 million and 5 million U.S. dollars[50]. The South Korean government offers as much as $860,000 to defectors from the North[51]. The U.S. Government offers organisations that call for "proposals and programmes focused on human rights and democracy in North Korea" up to $350,000[52].

This mirrors history. The West German government for example bribed skilled labourers such as engineers, scientists, and physicians from the East by offering wages that the DDR couldn't afford due to its war debt (read:World_War_II), which is part of the reason why the Berlin Wall had to be built.

Defectors in Capitalist countries lying also mirrors history. The United States is notorious for having defectors (usually from the nation that Uncle Sam is angry at this week, now usually from Iraq, Cuba, and that's about it) who they use as a justify military intervention. An example of this was the Nayirah Testimony, which was widely cited and used as a justification for George H. W. Bush's intervention in Iraq causing the Gulf War. Years later it came out that the testimony was fake and that the girl, Nayirah, was not just some normal Kuwaiti teenager but the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States[53]. Another example was one al-Janabi, a German citizen who defected from Iraq in 1999 and claimed to work as a chemical engineer at a plant that manufactured mobile weapon laboratories as part of the WMD lie. He later admitted in 2011 that he and the U.S. Government knowingly lied[54].

There's a lot of money to be made in North Korea. It is estimated that there are trillions of U.S. dollars to be made in minerals, not a cent of which goes to American businessmen[55]. The U.S. would also gain yet another Neocolony in Asia (outside of Guam, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan (Okinawa), India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, South Korea, etc.) which it could use to try and threaten China with to limit the expansion of the Maritime Belt and Road Initiative.

United Nothing

The United Nothing is nothing.

North Korea's leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, crimes against humanity with strong resemblances to those committed by the Nazis, a United Nations inquiry has concluded. The UN's commission on human rights in North Korea, which gathered evidence for almost a year, including often harrowing testimony at public hearings worldwide, said there was compelling evidence of torture, execution and arbitrary imprisonment, deliberate starvation and an almost complete lack of free thought and belief. [56]

The above is from, The Guardian, a UK newspaper with a record for reliability.

The UN's Human Rights Council releases a report accusing North Korea of crimes against humanity and compare the regime to that of Nazi Germany. The report is stunning in its graphic description of the horrors endured by political prisoners-who number between 80,000 and 120,000. The council recommends that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court. China is cited for "aiding and abetting crimes against humanity" for supporting North Korea and detaining and repatriating refugees from North Korea. Meanwhile, about 360 South Koreans, mostly elderly, travel to North Korea to meet with relatives from whom they were separated when the Korean Peninsula split after World War II. The reunions, the first since 2010, are part of an effort to improve ties between the North and the South, which have further deteriorated over the status of North Korea's nuclear program. [57]

From Infoplease

See also

References

  1. Kim wins re-election with 99.9% of the vote, New York Times
  2. Associated Press' "North Korea votes for new rubber-stamp parliament"(Fox News warning!)
  3. https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Nutrition-and-Health-in-North-Korea%3A-What%27s-New%2C-It-Smith/b3b57c5ee8fe4ea0b58e7f3fd74f55231730fe88
  4. https://www.foxnews.com/world/kim-jong-uns-top-aide-executed-by-north-korean-death-squad-reports-suggest
  5. https://www.nknews.org/2018/12/north-korean-leadership-shakeups-revealed-in-latest-mou-reference-book-release/, an AMERICAN source headquarted in Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
  6. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1326350/kim-jong-un-dead-coma-north-korea-kim-yo-jong-takeover-kim-jong-un-health
  7. https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/23/kim-jong-un-coma-transferring-powers-sister-diplomat-claims-13167203/
  8. https://www.indy100.com/viral/north-korea-lovess-squid-game-beastly-capitalist-society-b1937716
  9. https://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/squidgame-11232021180155.html
  10. https://www.foxnews.com/us/north-korean-defector-ivy-league-nuts
  11. https://www.businessinsider.in/international/news/a-north-korean-defector-says-going-to-columbia-university-reminded-her-of-the-oppressive-regime-saying-she-felt-forced-to-think-the-way-they-want-you-to-think/articleshow/83543740.cms
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  15. https://www.ft.com/content/1505c16a-0ff2-11e3-99e0-00144feabdc0
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  34. https://www.newsweek.com/does-kim-jong-un-even-burgers-everything-we-know-about-north-koreas-appetite-950692
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  57. UN Releases Stunning North Korea Report

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