History UsefulNotes / NorthKorea

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* ''Film/TheSchoolgirlsDiary'' (2006 drama)



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11th Apr '17 7:02:45 PM Rubiland
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* ''VideoGame/PyonyangRacer'' (2012 browser-based video game)

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* ''VideoGame/PyonyangRacer'' (2012 browser-based video game)
14th Dec '16 12:56:47 PM Alceister
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The planned establishment can be traced as far as 1926, when the then [[TeensAreMonsters 14 year old Kim Il-Sung formed the Down-With-Imperialism Union]] as a means of Communist revolt, with himself as de facto leader.

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The planned establishment can be traced as far as 1926, when the then [[TeensAreMonsters 14 year old Kim Il-Sung formed the Down-With-Imperialism Union]] as a means of Communist revolt, revolt against Japanese colonization, with himself as de facto leader.
9th Dec '16 1:03:25 PM Tightwire
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See [[UsefulNotes/TheRulersOfNorthKorea this page]] for the lowdown on some of the people who run (or are believed to run) North Korea.



!!Other notes about North Korea

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!!Other !!Useful notes about North Korea
7th Dec '16 10:14:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Whilst its portrayal as the CardCarryingVillain of world politics is [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain frequently played for laughs,]] it may do you good to recall that this country is indeed [[NightmareFuel home to 25 million people who never asked to live in a totalitarian nightmare; that said regime is responsible for the deaths of over a million people and the destitution of many more.]] So, RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment very much applies.

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Whilst its portrayal as the CardCarryingVillain of world politics is [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain frequently played for laughs,]] it may do you good to recall that this country is indeed [[NightmareFuel [[NotSoHarmlessVillain home to 25 million people who never asked to live in a totalitarian nightmare; that said regime is responsible for the deaths of over a million people and the destitution of many more.]] So, RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment very much applies.
22nd Oct '16 5:09:57 AM Morgenthaler
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->The flag reuses the standard red, white and blue colors of the Korean Empire, but with more prominence placed on the red (as reflected on its central placement), symbolizing the revolution, while the blue side stripes stand for sovereignty, peace and friendship, and the white fimbriations stands for unity; the red star on a white disk symbolizes communism, and later, after North Korea disassociated itself from post-Stalinist USSR, the ''juche'' philosophy.


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->The flag reuses the standard red, white and blue colors of the Korean Empire, but with more prominence placed on the red (as reflected on its central placement), symbolizing the revolution, while the blue side stripes stand for sovereignty, peace and friendship, and the white fimbriations stands for unity; the red star on a white disk symbolizes communism, and later, after North Korea disassociated itself from post-Stalinist USSR, the ''juche'' philosophy.
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22nd Oct '16 5:09:23 AM Morgenthaler
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The [[BlatantLies Democratic]] [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's]] [[HereditaryRepublic Republic of Korea]], far better known as North Korea, is a [[BlatantLies workers' paradise]] in East Asia which controls much of the northern Korean peninsula. It was founded in 1948, something the late Creator/ChristopherHitchens noted: "You almost get the feeling that Kim Il-Sung was handed a copy of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' in Korean that year and asked, 'Do you think we could make this work?' And he thought, 'Well I don't know, but we can sure give it the old college try.'" Indeed, North Korea is probably the closest any society has ever come to realizing a real life Oceania. A highly isolationist and rigidly controlled society, it has reasonable relations with its two powerful northern neighbors, the [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} People's Republic of China]][[note]] Relations have soured considerably after the whole nuclear weapons rigmarole, now North Korea is more likely to serve as an embarrassment to China than anything else. The interest China has in North Korea these days is keeping the government from collapsing so their border won't be swamped by a flood of North Korean refugees and because North Korea getting annexed by the South would mean American bases on their borders.[[/note]] and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}; while maintaining unbelievably terrible relations with its southern neighbor, [[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea the Republic of Korea]][[note]] although the ceasefire from the Korean War was established in 1953 and continues to this day, North and South have always technically been at war, and every so often the North sends the South a poke, or some artillery shells[[/note]], as well as with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[note]] North Korea does not officially recognize the state of Israel, and as per Cold War politics, they officially back the Arab states like the Soviet Union did, and support the terrorist group Hamas. Some of North Korean propaganda is filled with antisemitic rhetoric as well[[/note]]; keeping good relations with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}[[note]] All five of these states have been hostile to the United States, Japan, Israel, and/or South Korea in one way or another. Pakistan's ''government'' had a long history of good relations with the USA until [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror the Bin Laden raid]] blew that up and caused the US to pivot to more overt support of India (a reversal of the situation during the Cold War, where India did not enjoy much American support due to its vaguely socialist policies and elected Marxist government in Bengal); Pakistan's ''people'', however, despise Americans more than anyone else on Earth. Cuba and Venezuela are Socialist states known to spat with the USA, though Cuba has since restored ties with the US[[/note]], and bad relations with just about everybody else. It also possesses one of the largest armies in the world, and holds the record for highest military spending as percentage of GDP – so much, that rather than a country with a military, it has been described as a military with a country – but there's no need to worry because the army is so badly equipped. Spending most of a country's GDP on the military doesn't amount to much when there's not much GDP to begin with, after all (which in turn is probably not unrelated to the fact that so much output is swallowed by the military, instead of used to support economic growth).

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The [[BlatantLies Democratic]] [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's]] [[HereditaryRepublic Republic of Korea]], far better known as North Korea, is a [[BlatantLies workers' paradise]] in East Asia which controls much of the northern Korean peninsula. It was founded in 1948, something the late Creator/ChristopherHitchens noted: "You almost get the feeling that Kim Il-Sung was handed a copy of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' in Korean that year and asked, 'Do you think we could make this work?' And he thought, 'Well I don't know, but we can sure give it the old college try.'" Indeed, North Korea is probably the closest any society has ever come to realizing a real life Oceania. A highly isolationist and rigidly controlled society, it has reasonable relations with its two powerful northern neighbors, the [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} People's Republic of China]][[note]] Relations have soured considerably after the whole nuclear weapons rigmarole, now North Korea is more likely to serve as an embarrassment to China than anything else. The interest China has in North Korea these days is keeping the government from collapsing so their border won't be swamped by a flood of North Korean refugees and because North Korea getting annexed by the South would mean American bases on their borders.[[/note]] and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}; while maintaining unbelievably terrible relations with its southern neighbor, [[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea the Republic of Korea]][[note]] although the ceasefire from the Korean War was established in 1953 and continues to this day, North and South have always technically been at war, and every so often the North sends the South a poke, or some artillery shells[[/note]], as well as with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[note]] North Korea does not officially recognize the state of Israel, and as per Cold War politics, they officially back the Arab states like the Soviet Union did, and support the terrorist group Hamas. Some of North Korean propaganda is filled with antisemitic rhetoric as well[[/note]]; keeping good relations with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}[[note]] All five of these states have been hostile to the United States, Japan, Israel, and/or South Korea in one way or another. Pakistan's ''government'' had a long history of good relations with the USA until [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror the Bin Laden raid]] blew that up and caused the US to pivot to more overt support of India (a reversal of the situation during the Cold War, where India did not enjoy much American support due to its vaguely socialist policies and elected Marxist government in Bengal); Pakistan's ''people'', however, despise Americans more than anyone else on Earth. Cuba and Venezuela are Socialist states known to spat with the USA, though Cuba has since restored ties with the US[[/note]], and bad relations with just about everybody else. It also possesses one of the largest armies in the world, and holds the record for highest military spending as percentage of GDP -- so much, that rather than a country with a military, it has been described as a military with a country -- but there's no need to worry because the army is so badly equipped. Spending most of a country's GDP on the military doesn't amount to much when there's not much GDP to begin with, after all (which in turn is probably not unrelated to the fact that so much output is swallowed by the military, instead of used to support economic growth).



The second North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was seen by the West as a real-life [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] and actually a ''Film/JamesBond'' fan. (Except ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', [[CaptainObvious obviously]]. But then, there are claims by former White House adviser Victor Cha in his book that Kim Jong-il watched the film and was impressed. Knowing him, he would probably have ordered a few hovercraft thinking it would be a good idea.) He died in December 2011, with the announcement coming a couple of days after the fact, having reigned since his father's death in 1994. North Korean state media announced that he will be succeeded by his youngest son, Kim Jong-un. It should be noted that neither Kim Jong-il nor Kim Jong-un were given the title "head of state", that title still belongs to Kim Il-Sung… who died in 1994. They take his title as the [[GodEmperor "Eternal President"]] very seriously, [[UpToEleven continually referring to him in the present tense]].

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The second North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was seen by the West as a real-life [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] and actually a ''Film/JamesBond'' fan. (Except ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', [[CaptainObvious obviously]]. But then, there are claims by former White House adviser Victor Cha in his book that Kim Jong-il watched the film and was impressed. Knowing him, he would probably have ordered a few hovercraft thinking it would be a good idea.) He died in December 2011, with the announcement coming a couple of days after the fact, having reigned since his father's death in 1994. North Korean state media announced that he will be succeeded by his youngest son, Kim Jong-un. It should be noted that neither Kim Jong-il nor Kim Jong-un were given the title "head of state", that title still belongs to Kim Il-Sung… Il-Sung... who died in 1994. They take his title as the [[GodEmperor "Eternal President"]] very seriously, [[UpToEleven continually referring to him in the present tense]].



North Korea adheres to the political doctrine of ''Juche'', or "self-reliance", which is ironic since it is dependent on foreign aid (particularly China's) to prop up its failing economy. Between 1994 and 1998 it suffered a disastrous famine in which around a million citizens died. The regime's propaganda refers to this as the ''Arduous March''. According to defectors, the country's food situation is again deteriorating since the 2012 ascension of Kim Jong-Un. The country's official policy is seen by some as extremely authoritarian, militaristic, nationalistic, xenophobic, and racist. Some observers describe it as the world's last [[UsefulNotes/SovietUnion Stalinist dictatorship,]] but others believe terms such as "hereditary dictatorship" or even "absolute monarchy" are more appropriate because of the strong personality cult organized around the ruling Kim family. Another view, based on researching the country's domestic and international policy documents instead of its propaganda, is that North Korea's politics are actually very similar to those of UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan – very ironic, considering that Kim Il-sung made a name for himself as a guerrilla fighting ''against'' the Japanese in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Although ruled by a nominally communist party, North Korea has [[{{Irony}} removed all references to communism in its constitution.]] Perhaps they realized communist internationalism is diametrically opposed to the isolationist and xenophobic tenets of Juche, or perhaps they realized the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is effectively dead and thought dropping the "communist" label would get them [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]]. [[InternalRetcon Make of it what you will]].

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North Korea adheres to the political doctrine of ''Juche'', or "self-reliance", which is ironic since it is dependent on foreign aid (particularly China's) to prop up its failing economy. Between 1994 and 1998 it suffered a disastrous famine in which around a million citizens died. The regime's propaganda refers to this as the ''Arduous March''. According to defectors, the country's food situation is again deteriorating since the 2012 ascension of Kim Jong-Un. The country's official policy is seen by some as extremely authoritarian, militaristic, nationalistic, xenophobic, and racist. Some observers describe it as the world's last [[UsefulNotes/SovietUnion Stalinist dictatorship,]] but others believe terms such as "hereditary dictatorship" or even "absolute monarchy" are more appropriate because of the strong personality cult organized around the ruling Kim family. Another view, based on researching the country's domestic and international policy documents instead of its propaganda, is that North Korea's politics are actually very similar to those of UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan -- very ironic, considering that Kim Il-sung made a name for himself as a guerrilla fighting ''against'' the Japanese in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Although ruled by a nominally communist party, North Korea has [[{{Irony}} removed all references to communism in its constitution.]] Perhaps they realized communist internationalism is diametrically opposed to the isolationist and xenophobic tenets of Juche, or perhaps they realized the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is effectively dead and thought dropping the "communist" label would get them [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]]. [[InternalRetcon Make of it what you will]].



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--->''North Korean society is shut down—animation down--animation suspended, all dead quiet on the set, endlessly awaiting not action (we hope) or even cameras, but light.''
22nd Oct '16 4:49:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* Due to its anti-war perspective on UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is probably the closest thing you'll ever see to a positive portrayal of North Korea in American pop culture. Most of the North Korean characters are soldiers and/or Viet Cong-style guerrillas who are treated with sympathy by the war-hating protagonists. Almost nothing is said about the actual North Korean regime, although "[[JosefStalin Joe Stalin]]" is occasionally alluded to be the leader of "the other side".

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* Due to its anti-war perspective on UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is probably the closest thing you'll ever see to a positive portrayal of North Korea in American pop culture. Most of the North Korean characters are soldiers and/or Viet Cong-style guerrillas who are treated with sympathy by the war-hating protagonists. Almost nothing is said about the actual North Korean regime, although "[[JosefStalin "[[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Joe Stalin]]" is occasionally alluded to be the leader of "the other side".
15th Oct '16 2:13:20 PM TheSaintOfAllTropers
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The [BlatantLies Democratic]] [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's]] [[HereditaryRepublic Republic of Korea]], far better known as North Korea, is a [[BlatantLies workers' paradise]] in East Asia which controls much of the northern Korean peninsula. It was founded in 1948, something the late Creator/ChristopherHitchens noted: "You almost get the feeling that Kim Il-Sung was handed a copy of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' in Korean that year and asked, 'Do you think we could make this work?' And he thought, 'Well I don't know, but we can sure give it the old college try.'" Indeed, North Korea is probably the closest any society has ever come to realizing a real life Oceania. A highly isolationist and rigidly controlled society, it has reasonable relations with its two powerful northern neighbors, the [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} People's Republic of China]][[note]] Relations have soured considerably after the whole nuclear weapons rigmarole, now North Korea is more likely to serve as an embarrassment to China than anything else. The interest China has in North Korea these days is keeping the government from collapsing so their border won't be swamped by a flood of North Korean refugees and because North Korea getting annexed by the South would mean American bases on their borders.[[/note]] and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}; while maintaining unbelievably terrible relations with its southern neighbor, [[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea the Republic of Korea]][[note]] although the ceasefire from the Korean War was established in 1953 and continues to this day, North and South have always technically been at war, and every so often the North sends the South a poke, or some artillery shells[[/note]], as well as with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[note]] North Korea does not officially recognize the state of Israel, and as per Cold War politics, they officially back the Arab states like the Soviet Union did, and support the terrorist group Hamas. Some of North Korean propaganda is filled with antisemitic rhetoric as well[[/note]]; keeping good relations with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}[[note]] All five of these states have been hostile to the United States, Japan, Israel, and/or South Korea in one way or another. Pakistan's ''government'' had a long history of good relations with the USA until [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror the Bin Laden raid]] blew that up and caused the US to pivot to more overt support of India (a reversal of the situation during the Cold War, where India did not enjoy much American support due to its vaguely socialist policies and elected Marxist government in Bengal); Pakistan's ''people'', however, despise Americans more than anyone else on Earth. Cuba and Venezuela are Socialist states known to spat with the USA, though Cuba has since restored ties with the US[[/note]], and bad relations with just about everybody else. It also possesses one of the largest armies in the world, and holds the record for highest military spending as percentage of GDP – so much, that rather than a country with a military, it has been described as a military with a country – but there's no need to worry because the army is so badly equipped. Spending most of a country's GDP on the military doesn't amount to much when there's not much GDP to begin with, after all (which in turn is probably not unrelated to the fact that so much output is swallowed by the military, instead of used to support economic growth).

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The [BlatantLies [[BlatantLies Democratic]] [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's]] [[HereditaryRepublic Republic of Korea]], far better known as North Korea, is a [[BlatantLies workers' paradise]] in East Asia which controls much of the northern Korean peninsula. It was founded in 1948, something the late Creator/ChristopherHitchens noted: "You almost get the feeling that Kim Il-Sung was handed a copy of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' in Korean that year and asked, 'Do you think we could make this work?' And he thought, 'Well I don't know, but we can sure give it the old college try.'" Indeed, North Korea is probably the closest any society has ever come to realizing a real life Oceania. A highly isolationist and rigidly controlled society, it has reasonable relations with its two powerful northern neighbors, the [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} People's Republic of China]][[note]] Relations have soured considerably after the whole nuclear weapons rigmarole, now North Korea is more likely to serve as an embarrassment to China than anything else. The interest China has in North Korea these days is keeping the government from collapsing so their border won't be swamped by a flood of North Korean refugees and because North Korea getting annexed by the South would mean American bases on their borders.[[/note]] and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}; while maintaining unbelievably terrible relations with its southern neighbor, [[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea the Republic of Korea]][[note]] although the ceasefire from the Korean War was established in 1953 and continues to this day, North and South have always technically been at war, and every so often the North sends the South a poke, or some artillery shells[[/note]], as well as with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[note]] North Korea does not officially recognize the state of Israel, and as per Cold War politics, they officially back the Arab states like the Soviet Union did, and support the terrorist group Hamas. Some of North Korean propaganda is filled with antisemitic rhetoric as well[[/note]]; keeping good relations with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}[[note]] All five of these states have been hostile to the United States, Japan, Israel, and/or South Korea in one way or another. Pakistan's ''government'' had a long history of good relations with the USA until [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror the Bin Laden raid]] blew that up and caused the US to pivot to more overt support of India (a reversal of the situation during the Cold War, where India did not enjoy much American support due to its vaguely socialist policies and elected Marxist government in Bengal); Pakistan's ''people'', however, despise Americans more than anyone else on Earth. Cuba and Venezuela are Socialist states known to spat with the USA, though Cuba has since restored ties with the US[[/note]], and bad relations with just about everybody else. It also possesses one of the largest armies in the world, and holds the record for highest military spending as percentage of GDP – so much, that rather than a country with a military, it has been described as a military with a country – but there's no need to worry because the army is so badly equipped. Spending most of a country's GDP on the military doesn't amount to much when there's not much GDP to begin with, after all (which in turn is probably not unrelated to the fact that so much output is swallowed by the military, instead of used to support economic growth).
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