North Korea is considered the most isolated and ruthless country in the world. Though it is referred to as a “hermit kingdom,” there are some interesting and bizarre facts about this reclusive nation of 25 million people. Sometimes, the news leaked from North Korea seems like it came straight out of a dystopian novel. Read on to discover the true North Korea.
The government controls hairstyles. Interestingly enough, fauxhawks have been banned. An unmarried woman can choose a cut that is short and above-the-shoulders. Men are not allowed to have shaggy hair as it’s a sign of free-thinking and rebellion. The government released a five-part series explaining how to maintain hair that aligns with communist values.
According to the Los Angeles Times, people “eat what they can get.” North Koreans buy food in markets officially sanctioned by the state’s central distribution system as well as illegal “grasshopper markets.”
Three Generation Punishment Law
Equal parts shocking and ruthless, there is a three generations of punishment rule. If one person is found guilty of a crime they are sent to a prison camp sometimes along with their family members. The subsequent two generations born at the camo remains there indefinitely.
State Assigned Jobs
Forced labor is just another keg in the wheel of the established system of political repression. Citizens do not have a choice in the job they are assigned to and are not allowed to change jobs. One category includes a group of women called inminban who’s job is to maintain the neighborhood, such as polishing the monuments of their leaders and cleaning roads and train lines.