North Korea Founder Kim Il-Sung

North Korea Founder Kim Il-Sung

North Korean Government System: Single-Party State

North Korea is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP). The country's government follows the Juche ideology of self-reliance developed by the country's first leader, Kim Il-sung. Juche became the official state ideology when the country adopted a new constitution in 1972, though Kim Il-sung had been using it to form policy since at least as early as 1955. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and a series of natural disasters a famine occurred and caused the death of 1 to 2 million people. Facing these circumstances, leader Kim Jong-Il adopted Songun, or a "military-first" policy, supposedly in order to strengthen the country and its government.

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Many outside organizations describe North Korea as a totalitarian, single-party Stalinist dictatorship with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family and as having one of the lowest-ranking human rights records of any country. North Korea is one of the most militarized nations in the world with nearly 10 million active, reserve and paramilitary personnel. It is a nuclear-weapons state and has an active (if primitive and provocative) space program.


With the death of North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung's son Kim Jong-Il in 2011 and the succession of the founder's grandson Kim Jong-un as the leader of North Korea at age 28, North Korea has only become more totalitarian and militaristic. The new leader has reportedly overseen the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, the shelling of a South Korean island that resulted in deaths, and cannibalism resulting from North Korea's endemic famine. In 2013, North Korea declared an end to the sixty-year-old Korean Armistice Agreement which ended the Korean War, and the North declared a "state of war" with its neighbor South Korea, although that "declaration" was not followed with military action.

At the beginning of 2014, Kim lauded the highly-publicized purge of his uncle and former mentor as rumors swirled that the same uncle was executed by being fed to a pack of starving dogs...


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