When a citizen of the DPRK, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is born, his or her parent must immediately register the baby through three places: the local town hall, the police, and the secret police. During this process, a child’s social status is chosen based on his or her parent’s occupation/criminal history; the 5 options being: special, nucleus, basic, complex, or hostile. This status will determine where the child will be able to enter university, where he or she will live, and what jobs are available to the newborn. The only healthcare available to a low ranking member of the society are vaccines, which are usually rare in poor countries. When a child turns five, he or she will enter kindergarten, where the indoctrination about the sanctity of “the great men” begins, being Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un. The child will also learn that other countries are imperialists pigs, who rape women, kill children, and hate for no reason other than they enjoy doing so, especially Americans. Higher Education is highly limited to the higher class and carefully controlled.
The North Korean education system has two stages: primary school and middle high. Adding on to communist ideology taught during childhood, students may also learn mathematics, literature, ethics, and “history”. Most of the false ideology taught are about the lives of “the great men”, including their revolutionary actions and heroic ways. Foreign language is also taught, commonly Russian and English. Most books in these languages are considered “dangerous” and are banned under Federal law. The highest level of education comes from “Number One Schools”, in which the smartest teenagers are specifically chosen to become the next generation of communist leaders and personal servants. During the teenage years, the most beautiful girls are chosen to be part of Kim Jong Un’s “pleasure squad”, who are rumored to sexually please the leader.
Most North Koreans marry and have a family between 27 and 30 years old, if they can survive until then. Jobs are completely dependent on social status, nepotism, bribes, corruption, and politics. For example, a farmer’s son will never become a statesmen. The lower class live laborious lives;even though the society is completely male dominated, women usually bring home the money while the fathers take care of their “little communists”. Apart from work, people must regularly attend ideological sessions, which stress obedience and North Korean politics. North Koreans spend their very short free time watching old Soviet cinema and develop social relationships. Careers options are either military or labor, determined by social status.The lower class consists of laborers; the middle class consists of market traders; the upper class consists of military officers and statesmen. Workers only earn 1 or 2 dollars, U.S. currency, a month. A retirement system is also in place and a pension is available, which is only 50 cents a month. When a North Korean dies, he or she is usually buried in the mountains.
Life in General
North Korea is a wretched place to be born because its citizens face constant starvation, political fear, and death. In order to combat starvation, people will eat dogs, rats, and themselves. There is very little electricity in the DPRK, which leads to cold winters. Most citizens do not have access to medical care, which causes thousands to die from diseases. There are secret police members in every corner and electrified fences surrounding the cities. The capital, pyongyang, is the only “modern” city that exists and is also where Kim Jong Un lives. Oppression, depression, and death is guaranteed to every citizen.