History UsefulNotes / NorthKorea

26th Aug '16 5:45:34 AM TryinaD
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North Korea's national identity is largely shaped by the Korean War. The near-complete domination of the South in the early part of the conflict are lionized as communist internationalism at it's finest and the prevailing narrative to this day is that the United States (and to the lesser extent, the UN the US forces were leading) used the early advances as an excuse to fiendishly get involved and take over. The later pushes past the 38th parallel, when US general UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur attempted to push the communists entirely out of the peninsula, served as vindication of this. It is against the law in North Korea to use the [[InsistentTerminology term 'north' to describe it]] as by official stance it is the only Korea and the south is land held by capitalist traitors and US forces. North Korean media portrays southerners as malnourished and suffering in a sort of capitalist wasteland ruled by the Americans rather than one of the most prosperous countries in Asia. To this end North Korea also places an extensive importance preserving traditional Korean culture as the last holdout against the Western imperialists. For example, wives of leading Party members often go outside to do things like shopping in elaborate cheongsam.

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North Korea's national identity is largely shaped by the Korean War. The near-complete domination of the South in the early part of the conflict are lionized as communist internationalism at it's finest and the prevailing narrative to this day is that the United States (and to the lesser extent, the UN the US forces were leading) used the early advances as an excuse to fiendishly get involved and take over. The later pushes past the 38th parallel, when US general UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur attempted to push the communists entirely out of the peninsula, served as vindication of this. It is against the law in North Korea to use the [[InsistentTerminology term 'north' to describe it]] as by official stance it is the only Korea and the south is land held by capitalist traitors and US forces. North Korean media portrays southerners as malnourished and suffering in a sort of capitalist wasteland ruled by the Americans rather than one of the most prosperous countries in Asia. To this end North Korea also places an extensive importance preserving traditional Korean culture as the last holdout against the Western imperialists. For example, wives of leading Party members often go outside to do things like shopping in elaborate cheongsam.
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23rd Aug '16 11:35:42 AM Antigone3
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[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' has Kim Jong-Il as one of Koizumi's early opponents. He later returns [[spoiler:as a {{Cyborg}}]].
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the students and teachers at Jindai High end up in North Korea after their airplane is hijacked. The country was changed to USSR in the [[TooSoon anime however]]. Agent Wraith is also from North Korea.

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* Featured as the antagonists in a CaptainErsatz [[BannedInChina of sorts of the PRC]] in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''.
* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel [[http://dalebrown.info/12.htm ''Battle Born'']], a popular revolution leads to the collapse of Communism.
** Only the regime wasn't really communist back in Kim Il-Sung's time. He liked to paint himself Marxist, but after his death Kim Jong-Il started to distance the regime from the Communist and Socialist trappings, concentrating instead on radical nationalism and militarism. The DPRK officially dropped all mentions of Communism and Socialism from its propaganda.



* Kim Jong-Il also features in the Larry Bond novel ''Red Phoenix''.
* The first ''{{Mercenaries}}'' game is set here, when it gets an even more 'rogue' leader. China, South Korea, Russian criminals, and a UN in all but name show up to finally bring it in line with..er, something.
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' has Kim Jong-Il as one of Koizumi's early opponents. He later returns [[spoiler:as a {{Cyborg}}]].



* North Korea will later unite with the South in ''{{Homefront}}'' under its rule and conquers most of East Asia sans China and even invades ''the western United States'' by 2027. They're the villains of ''{{Homefront}}'', unless you play the Japanese version, wherein [[CanadaEh Canada]] [[{{Bowdlerization}} is]] [[MemeticMutation the]] BigBad.



* In ''Film/WorldWarZ'' the North Koreans just... vanish. As in, one day, the US spy satellites do not pick up any activity in North Korea anymore. The likely explanation is that they retreated to underground bunkers. [[SealedEvilInACan And no one knows if one of them was infected]].

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* They're the bad guys in ''Film/OlympusHasFallen''. Perhaps not unintentionally, the BigBad played the Dragon of the ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' example, and is himself a renegade.

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* In ''Film/WorldWarZ'' the Creator/DaleBrown novel [[http://dalebrown.info/12.htm ''Battle Born'']], a popular revolution leads to the collapse of Communism.
** Only the regime wasn't really communist back in Kim Il-Sung's time. He liked to paint himself Marxist, but after his death Kim Jong-Il started to distance the regime from the Communist and Socialist trappings, concentrating instead on radical nationalism and militarism. The DPRK officially dropped all mentions of Communism and Socialism from its propaganda.
* Kim Jong-Il also features in the Larry Bond novel ''Red Phoenix''.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ''
the North Koreans just... vanish. As in, one day, the US spy satellites do not pick up any activity in North Korea anymore. The likely explanation is that they retreated to underground bunkers. [[SealedEvilInACan And no one knows if one of them was infected]].



* Kim Jong-Il makes an appearance at the end of ''VideoGame/ForumWarz, Episode 1'', after you cause an explosion at a nuclear power plant by pwning its forum... somehow, [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame remarking that he is impressed with your actions.]] He shows up again in ''Episode Two'' under the handle "[[Music/{{Eminem}} KIM_SHADY]]", commanding you to pwn the Pentagon's forums for him.
* Leonard Hofstadter in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' briefly "dated" a woman named Joyce Kim, who turned out to be a North Korean spy trying to steal the formula to an experimental rocket fuel he was working on for the government. Fortunately, Sheldon chased her out of the apartment when Leonard didn't give him the required two weeks notice to bring a strange woman in, and she returned to North Korea. In another episode a North Korean ChildProdigy defector named Dennis Kim was briefly employed at [=CalTech=] alongside the main characters, acting as TheRival to Sheldon, but he discovered girls and dropped out, becoming a hippy with his girlfriend.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has on several occasions mentioned or implied that the MegaCorp Barney works for has a number of illegal dealings with North Korea. At one point, Barney is chewing out a woman who pretended to be into him just so he'd give her money, saying, "At my job we don't rip people's hearts out for money. My company briefly backed a lab in North Korea that did, but we sold it!"
** In one episode he's shown having a meeting with four Asian men, one wearing what looks like a KPA uniform, although when he speaks to them in Korean, none of them understand him.




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* Leonard Hofstadter in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' briefly "dated" a woman named Joyce Kim, who turned out to be a North Korean spy trying to steal the formula to an experimental rocket fuel he was working on for the government. Fortunately, Sheldon chased her out of the apartment when Leonard didn't give him the required two weeks notice to bring a strange woman in, and she returned to North Korea. In another episode a North Korean ChildProdigy defector named Dennis Kim was briefly employed at [=CalTech=] alongside the main characters, acting as TheRival to Sheldon, but he discovered girls and dropped out, becoming a hippy with his girlfriend.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has on several occasions mentioned or implied that the MegaCorp Barney works for has a number of illegal dealings with North Korea. At one point, Barney is chewing out a woman who pretended to be into him just so he'd give her money, saying, "At my job we don't rip people's hearts out for money. My company briefly backed a lab in North Korea that did, but we sold it!"
** In one episode he's shown having a meeting with four Asian men, one wearing what looks like a KPA uniform, although when he speaks to them in Korean, none of them understand him.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Archer and Lana are tasked with intercepting North Korean agents looking to purchase weapons-grade uranium in "The Honeymooners".
* They're the bad guys in ''Film/OlympusHasFallen''. Perhaps not unintentionally, the BigBad played the Dragon of the ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' example, and is himself a renegade.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' produces the animated series ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f37K0hIv3zk&list=PL972223EC60D642D2 The Adventures of Kim Jong-Un]]'', satirically portraying him as the MemeticBadass of his own TV show. The Penalty for Questioning this show's accuracy on real events is Death By Scorpions.



* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' villain Colonel Glass hails from DPRK. He's... not a very nice person. Best that can be said about him is that he seems quite patriotic, taking offense at an insult to Kim Il-Sung.
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', North Korea is the only character whose face cannot be seen. Instead, he is completely wrapped in the North Korean flag, only showing his (angry) eyes. And whenever he and South Korea are in the same comic, he's attacking South Korea (either verbally or physically).



* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the students and teachers at Jindai High end up in North Korea after their airplane is hijacked. The country was changed to USSR in the [[TooSoon anime however]]. Agent Wraith is also from North Korea.


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[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Featured as the students antagonists in a CaptainErsatz [[BannedInChina of sorts of the PRC]] in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' game is set here, when it gets an even more 'rogue' leader. China, South Korea, Russian criminals,
and teachers at Jindai High end a UN in all but name show up to finally bring it in line with..er, something.
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North Korea will later unite with the South in ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' under its rule and conquers most of East Asia sans China and even invades ''the western United States'' by 2027. They're the villains of ''Homefront'', unless you play the Japanese version, wherein [[CanadaEh Canada]] [[{{Bowdlerization}} is]] [[MemeticMutation the]] BigBad.
* Kim Jong-Il makes an appearance at the end of ''VideoGame/ForumWarz, Episode 1'',
after their airplane you cause an explosion at a nuclear power plant by pwning its forum... somehow, [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame remarking that he is hijacked. The country was changed impressed with your actions.]] He shows up again in ''Episode Two'' under the handle "[[Music/{{Eminem}} KIM_SHADY]]", commanding you to USSR pwn the Pentagon's forums for him.

[[AC:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' villain Colonel Glass hails from DPRK. He's... not a very nice person. Best that can be said about him is that he seems quite patriotic, taking offense at an insult to Kim Il-Sung.
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', North Korea is the only character whose face cannot be seen. Instead, he is completely wrapped
in the [[TooSoon anime however]]. Agent Wraith is also from North Korea.

Korean flag, only showing his (angry) eyes. And whenever he and South Korea are in the same comic, he's attacking South Korea (either verbally or physically).

[[AC:Web Originals]]
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' produces the animated series ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f37K0hIv3zk&list=PL972223EC60D642D2 The Adventures of Kim Jong-Un]]'', satirically portraying him as the MemeticBadass of his own TV show. The Penalty for Questioning this show's accuracy on real events is Death By Scorpions.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Archer and Lana are tasked with intercepting North Korean agents looking to purchase weapons-grade uranium in "The Honeymooners".

19th Aug '16 2:23:36 PM Josef5678
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North Korea's national identity is largely shaped by the Korean War. The near-complete domination of the South in the early part of the conflict are lionized as communist internationalism at it's finest and the prevailing narrative to this day is that the United States (and to the lesser extent, the UN the US forces were leading) used the early advances as an excuse to fiendishly get involved and take over. The later pushes past the 38th parallel, when US general MacArthur attempted to push the communists entirely out of the peninsula, served as vindication of this. It is against the law in North Korea to use the [[InsistentTerminology term 'north' to describe it]] as by official stance it is the only Korea and the south is land held by capitalist traitors and US forces. North Korean media portrays southerners as malnourished and suffering in a sort of capitalist wasteland ruled by the Americans rather than one of the most prosperous countries in Asia. To this end North Korea also places an extensive importance preserving traditional Korean culture as the last holdout against the Western imperialists. For example, wives of leading Party members often go outside to do things like shopping in elaborate cheongsam.

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North Korea's national identity is largely shaped by the Korean War. The near-complete domination of the South in the early part of the conflict are lionized as communist internationalism at it's finest and the prevailing narrative to this day is that the United States (and to the lesser extent, the UN the US forces were leading) used the early advances as an excuse to fiendishly get involved and take over. The later pushes past the 38th parallel, when US general MacArthur UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur attempted to push the communists entirely out of the peninsula, served as vindication of this. It is against the law in North Korea to use the [[InsistentTerminology term 'north' to describe it]] as by official stance it is the only Korea and the south is land held by capitalist traitors and US forces. North Korean media portrays southerners as malnourished and suffering in a sort of capitalist wasteland ruled by the Americans rather than one of the most prosperous countries in Asia. To this end North Korea also places an extensive importance preserving traditional Korean culture as the last holdout against the Western imperialists. For example, wives of leading Party members often go outside to do things like shopping in elaborate cheongsam.
18th Aug '16 3:34:25 AM Wuz
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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 [[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.
14th Aug '16 3:57:42 PM Materioptikon
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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 [[TeensAreMonsters|14 year old Kim Il-Sung formed the Down-With-Imperialism Union] Union]] as a means of Communist revolt, with himself as de facto leader.
13th Aug '16 10:39:48 PM Littleroadyman
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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.
17th Jul '16 5:31:58 AM RobTan
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** I one episode he's shown having a meeting with four Asian men, one wearing what looks like a KPA uniform, although when he speaks to them in Korean, none of them understand him.

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** I In one episode he's shown having a meeting with four Asian men, one wearing what looks like a KPA uniform, although when he speaks to them in Korean, none of them understand him.
14th Jul '16 4:22:15 PM Nevermore2002
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\n* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the students and teachers at Jindai High end up in North Korea after their airplane is hijacked. The country was changed to USSR in the [[TooSoon anime however]]. Agent Wraith is also from North Korea.

18th Jun '16 9:06:12 AM ZangotheChua
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North Korea's national identity is largely shaped by the Korean War. The near-complete domination of the South in the early part of the conflict are lionized as communist internationalism at it's finest and the prevailing narrative to this day is that the United States (and to the lesser extent, the UN the US forces were leading) used the early advances as an excuse to fiendishly get involved and take over. The later pushes past the 38th parallel, when US general MacArthur attempted to push the communists entirely out of the peninsula, served as vindication of this. It is against the law in North Korea to use the [[InsistentTerminology term 'north' to describe it]] as by official stance it is the only Korea and the south is land held by capitalist traitors and US forces. North Korean media portrays southerners as malnourished and suffering in a sort of capitalist wasteland ruled by the Americans rather than one of the most prosperous countries in Asia. To this end North Korea also places an extensive importance preserving traditional Korean culture as the last holdout against the Western imperialists. For example, wives of leading Party members often go outside to do things like shopping in elaborate cheongsam.
17th Jun '16 10:23:55 AM Terran117
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The [[NonIndicativeName 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.[[/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 [[NonIndicativeName 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.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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