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North Korea/DPRK is NOT a terrible place by DragonQuestWes North Korea/DPRK is NOT a terrible place by DragonQuestWes
More unpopular opinions from me, Yippee!

What you think you know about North Korea is probably not true. Kim Il-Sung/Jong-Il/Jong-Un aren't "gods" and they certainly aren't dictators either.

They do have elections in North Korea but they don't have "Presidential Elections" because of constituencies (there's no "President of North Korea" and "Eternal President Kim-Il Sung" doesn't mean much). Just look at the results of the latest election they've had. Former British Ambassador to North Korea, Peter Hughes came under fire all because he simply described his observation of the elections as just a celebrating festive attitude rather than demonizing it the entire time.

A Swiss businessman explains his experiences about what he saw in North Korea/DPRK which is hardly anything like the mainstream media said it was. And no he didn't just visit Pyongyang.

A Taiwanese news group went on a trip to North Korea to see what it's like over there and one girl from 5:15 to 5:40 of the video explains how different the reporting actually is when she was in the UK.

Dr. Margaret Chan of the United Nations' World Health Organization visited the country and said that the healthcare is something that "developing countries would envy."

There were programs established by both the local Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to rebuild the villages as well as providing food, water, medicine etc.

A friend of a friend of mine visited North Korea/DPRK plenty of times to show what it was actually like over there and not what the media says they are.

South Korean Conservative news site Korea JoongAng Daily even admits that defectors are returning to the DPRK. No executions.

Not everything is as it seems because the world doesn't work like Hollywood.

Research and form your own opinions.

Edit: Moved the text to make it a bit more readable.
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:iconeckhmann:
eckhmann Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
So many issues here. But let me ask several questions:
If you believe that it is a democracy, how can you explain that all three heads of state are of immediate descent of one another and the previous two (not the incumbent as of yet) both died in office?
Why are they so restrictive of where you can take photographs? If people were photographing military installations and prisons, I could see how the government would view this as a problem or threat to national security, but people seem to have issues simply photographing fields and towns.
Why is the country pursuing a nuclear program, especially so openly?
Why do we never hear from North Korean citizens inside the country beyond government produced pieces?
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
If you're referring to the previous two Kims, they died of an illness.
They are not any more or less restrictive of where you take pictures.
The nuclear program doesn't make them a threat.
Also you don't need state run media to know that North Korea/DPRK is just a country like everywhere else with ups and downs.
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Robotic-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
I see the situation about North Korea. The whole world hates you, there is only one ally (China in this case) for you, you're constantly demonized, you're ruled by a dictator, your brother from the south makes fun of you, your economy collapsed because your biggest ally ever ended up surrendering to capitalism in 1991.
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
The whole world hates you

No they don't. Only the US and their retarded allies do. The third world views the DPRK/North Korea kind of favorably.

there is only one ally (China in this case) for you

China is just a trading partner. Many of the proletariat are allies of the DPRK/North Korea. No particular country is an ally of it. You're confusing leaders with countries.

you're constantly demonized, you're ruled by a dictator, your brother from the south makes fun of you,

Again, only the US and their retarded allies demonize the country and no they are not ruled by a dictator. The only dictatorships that existed were Nazi Germany and the US-backed dictators across the globe that overthrew democratically elected leaders.

your economy collapsed because your biggest ally ever ended up surrendering to capitalism in 1991.

They didn't surrender, they were overthrown by the CIA.
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Robotic-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Ah, I see.
The DPRK has both sides anyway.
Even with its propaganda, the US itself has loads of propaganda about it too, so we can't decide which one is true.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
A lot of countries in the world have ups and downs.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you been there?
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
I plan to visit.
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Robotic-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
I want to visit it, but I'm too scared ;;
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
I would say that there is something to watch out for like anyone trying to stuff bags of drugs into other people's backpacks or luggage.

But in regards to other countries' laws, I would try to get familiar with them I guess. :shrug:
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
...Why?
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
The same reason I plan to visit at least 30+ other countries.
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:iconordinary-cancer-cell:
Do you know about any statistics made by DPRK? Like population, domestics, ... ? All I could find are estimations...
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
You don't need a DPRK-sponsored report to understand the country.

Wikipedia is good for basic information but not anything in-depth.

Also YouTube user stimmekoreas has some videos and other info about the country itself.
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:iconordinary-cancer-cell:
Wikipedia says that HDI is on the 174th place. I want to know what does DPRK says about that. 
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Korea was bombed both north and south during the Korean War by the US and the West has been placing sanctions against the North. This isn't something that the DPRK can control.
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eckhmann Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Such logic is very hard to believe, especially when the country was almost entirely rebuilt after the Korean war. There's also the fact that North Korea (when it comes to food production and basic industry) was rather self-sufficient before the 90s.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
Rebuilt with help from the Soviet Union and China under Mao.
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:iconordinary-cancer-cell:
Didn't Korean war end in '53? Japan was bombed too and it's one of most powerful economies. 
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edjack12 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
I just hate everything about North Korea entirely.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Said no one ever.
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edjack12 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Meh. I mean, it looks to be a nice place to actually live. I just actually realized what I said was somewhat in a bad form. I'm just saying I have a problem with North Korea's government and how they run things.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
They run things better than the US government would ever.
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eckhmann Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, as 20 years of poor economic planning and rapidly failing public infrastructure that has yet to recover are clearly signs of how well they are running it.
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
Are you aware that the US is responsible for the shape that the DPRK/North Korea is in?
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eckhmann Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
One country and a handful of its allies are no reason for the lack of growth in North Korea. Iran and Cuba have fared well despite being in similar situations. There are many countries they could still pursue trading with, even though the majority of their trade is with China and South Korea (according to Wikipedia).
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
No. You're not listening.

It's obvious that a lot of the crap that happens in North Korea/DPRK is because of US sanctions against it which is not all that different from the embargo that on Cuba. And the United States in recent years along with China are pushing those sanctions.
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edjack12 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Oh yeah, sure. Brainwashing children and executing people for watching an american movie and trying to leave are GREAT choices. Both Gov't's. are bad, however, at least the U.S. doesn't execute people for stupid reasons. 
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
You seriously believe that actually happens in the DPRK/North Korea?

You are so lost.
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edjack12 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
All I'm saying is North Korea seems nice, I just hate how the gov't handles human rights. That's my main problem.
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
No dude. They don't arrest anyone for watching an American movie. That's BS and I don't believe that for a second.
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CanidTheCreepy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Also, they got weed. Sweet Leaf =w=
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MSPaintCommunisms Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  New Deviant
What are you waiting for to go live there, then?
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
North Korea under Kim Il Sung = Better than South Korea
North Korea Under Kim Jong Il = baaad coz Kim Jong Il was a serious nutcase
North Korea under Kim Jong Un = much better after economic reforms and liberalization of society but it will fully erase the communist economic system by 2020 likely and thus removing the only thing you like about it

Pyongyang is becoming like a tourist paradise with Casinos, water parks, golf courses and American style fast food.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Regardless it's still better in human rights than most Western countries.
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jBPKk…

American refugees in North Korea.
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:icondragonquestwes:
DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Oh yeah, I've seen that long ago. Kind of interesting. :)
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Tho they really got to get rid of the soviet style narration on their tv at some point coz it's just comical in this day and age.
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Jay-of-Blue-Writing Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
What? You can't be serious right? North Korea isn't a good place to live in. Have you heard of the camps? Their kidnapping of civilians? Their unholy love to go to war?

I'm sorry, but you're delusional if your think NORTH KOREA is a good place.
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
North Korea is becoming a much better place after Kim Jong Un took over since he has made drastic economic and social reforms.
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:iconjay-of-blue-writing:
Jay-of-Blue-Writing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Perhaps, but that doesn't prove North Korea is a good place.
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
US allies that are worse than North Korea - Saudi Arabia, Turkey, post 9/11 Afghan government, Germany, Israel, Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Rwanda, Eithopia, Bahrain.

israel.usembassy.gov/consular/acs/marriage.html
With very few exceptions, Israeli civil law does not permit marriages between Jews and non-Jews within the state of Israel. The Israeli government will recognize ...

Israel is the only country on earth left that enforces anti race mixing with both laws and NGOs that works closely with intelligence service to break up race mixers.A Gentile(non jew) having sex with a jew in the stae of Israel is statutory rape and carries a penalty of 4 years prison even if both parties consented.
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Jay-of-Blue-Writing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Germany? Why Germany?

Well, atleast they don't run death camps, imprison entire families because of one person, or allow CANNIBALISM!

Oh, lets not forget the kidnapping of South Korean and Japanese Citizens, forcing 14 year olds into sex slavery for the elite, Nazi inspired racism, or has a average GDP Per Capita of $1,800 USD.

Compared to North Korea the countries you listed would sound amazing.
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
I thought we're talking about government oppression  and so on coz those countries listed do abuse human rights and abuse their citizens.

Saudi Arabia - very rich country but is a theocracy that hangs homosexuals, crucify political dissents, stone women to death, allows male parents to marry off their daughters without any age of consent and only the consent of the male guardian is needed, carries out public beheadings, etc.

Germany - government cracks down on speech that is anti government or against government policy by erasing posts made on social media and putting posters in prison

Turkey - government gives weapons to ISIS and this was actually discovered by their own reporters whom the Turkish president put in prison for treason for revealing it.

They also nationalized all media recently, crack down on women's rights, use violence and illegal detention on political dissents, committed genocide on minorities in Turkey and Syria, Annexed parts of Iraq and Syria, blackmail EU to pay them 6 billion euros annually and to let Turks work and live in EU without visa.

Israel- the only country left on the planet with actual Nazi inspired racism coz North Korea isn't racist at all and North Korea actually welcome white American refugees fleeing tyrannical government.

Btw  Cannibalism is actually legal in Japan and I personally don't see why it should be illegal as long as they do not illegally kill a person or cut flesh off a living person without consent.

the rest on the list is even worse and you can do detailed google search on how bad they are.
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Jay-of-Blue-Writing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
I'm sorry, but I'm not going to comment further.

Not because I give up(which I really want to do because y'all logic is horrid), but because the 'artist' is a pedophile and I would like nothing to do with it anymore.

If you would like to continue this conversation, I recommend we take it to your homepage or mine. Nonetheless,

Good Day
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Valzeras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
That's not exactly a pedophilia or illegal tho coz he only asked for the feet pictures from what I understand, and having just the feet picture and masturbating to a just a feet picture isn't illegal in any country's laws that I know of.

Which is irrelevant anyway and you don't seem to be interested about discussing the issue but rather just pushing an imperialistic foreign policy since I already pointed countries that violates human rights so much worse than North Korea.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
First of all you're a fucking idiot for calling me a pedophile because I'm not. A comment on Skype left UP for interpretation does not count as pedophilia and it never will. You have no right to complain about pedophilia if you're a weirdo identifying as "demisexual."

In fact, you're a worse freak than I'll ever be.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
qz.com/597354/video-a-north-ko…

Also, you identify as "demisexual" and you're a free-market libertarian so I can't take you seriously.
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Jay-of-Blue-Writing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
What does my sexuality have to do with anything?

And yes, I do align with Libertarian principles, but that doesn't mean you can't have a conversation with me.
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