There are two countries in the world that include the name Korea. Can you guess from the name which one is which?
The Republic of Korea
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Korea, incidentally, is a bad western pronunciation of Goryeo, a name of much ancientness, and it is the North which operates under the sobriquet Democratic People's Republic. The country has the most beautiful official website, http://korea-dpr.com/, headlined with the statement that "The DPRK is the Juche-oriented socialist state which embodies the idea and leadership of Comrade Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Republic and the father of socialist Korea." I am not certain how Juche is pronounced, but I tend towards the German when words began with a J, and "u" as in "umbrella" seems fairly compelling, with the "ch" as in "loch" rather than, say, "church", and the "e" most likely aspirated. "Yucky" would be a good way to write phonetically.
The same homepage also tells us that "the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a genuine workers' state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. The workers, peasants, soldiers and intellectuals are the true masters of their destiny and are in a unique position to defend their interests."
Wouldn't it be wonderful if this turned out to be true, and the western anti-propaganda all a lie; and then this paradisal realm could serve as a role-model for the rest of humanity, and MacDonalds and Walmart might be forced by popular pressure to change their employment strategies. You simply have to take a look at this website, if only for the gorgeous picture of the glorious leader surrounded by his adoring acolytes.
Marks for: 24.9 (the number of million people in this country)
Marks against: 12.38 (the amount of GDP in dollars that doesn't reach those 24.9 million people)
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