There are weird rules and systems in North Korea,
Here are few of them
- It has only 3 TV channels
- Elections with only one candidate to choose from- With the country’s totalitarian regime and the same family ruling since 1948, it’s rather funny that the elections are held every year.
- Power cut every night- the state of North Koreans whose entire country goes dark at night. It’s apparently due to the energy crisis in the state that it can’t supply sufficient electricity to homes.
- The North Korean calendar is based on its founder’s date of birth-It may be the 21st century for the rest of the world but for people in North Korea, it’s still the 106th Juche year. The North Korean Juche calendar begins on April 15, 1912, the date of birth of its founder Kim Il-Sung.
- Parents have to provide desks & chairs for their kids
- The 3-generation punishment rule-It is a horrifying reality of the country which can’t stand any criticism from its citizens. If one person commits a crime, his entire bloodline, including the grandparents, parents, and children, are sent to prison.
- You might be held captive for being creative- It’s one of the popular stories that dictator Kim Jong-il kidnapped a film director, Shin Sang-ok, and his wife, actor Choi Eun-hee, in 1978 to inject creativity in North Korean films.
- North Koreans can visit only 28 websites. -North Korean citizens are only allowed to browse 28 websites on the internet. Their intranet, which is called “Kwangmyong” or Bright, through which the internet is accessed, is free to use for those with access to a computer. The computers, however, are very expensive and one needs prior permission from the government to buy one!
- A propaganda village. -In 1953, the Korean Demilitarized Zone was established to end the war and serve as a buffer zone between the two countries. On this border, lies Kijong-dong, the village which boasts of the economic success of North Korea.
- Blue jeans are banned in country-North Korea sees blue jeans as a symbol of US imperialism and hence, has banned it in the country.
- Only 28 hairstyles for men
- No religious freedom- there’s no religious freedom in North Korea. The country calls itself an atheist state and persecutes anyone who is seen practicing any religion.
- Human waste as fertilizer-In 2008, when South Korea stopped sending fertilizers to North Korea, the country faced an acute shortage of fertilizers. So, like everything else, a new law was made and citizens were asked to collect their poop and hand it over to the authorities to help the country’s agriculture.
- Government controls who lives in the capital- With the government controlling everything from food to poop, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the autocratic country also controls where its people live. In North Korea, one needs government permission to be able to live in the capital Pyongyang.
- No ban on pot-It is ironic that the country which ignores the basic rights of its citizens has freely available weed or cannabis that can be bought from the roadside.
- Ban on music- Kim Jong Un’s regime is always on the lookout for anything that may threaten his position. In 2015, Kim-Jong-un issued a decree to scrap all cassette tapes and CDs that had state-banned songs, because lyrics could propel dissent among citizens.
- North Korea spends huge money on military