This is just a short catch up for people wondering what the hell is going on with the North Korean 'government' right now. While I'm no expert,
I've always been interested in Nth Korea (for some reason I don't really understand) and started looking into this a few weeks ago. It's taken
some time to whittle down the info to something short and concise. So here's my short and sweet political intro to Nth Korea! Enjoy if you can!
Nth Korea's a scary country. Everything is painted this calming pale blue (goto Google Earth and take a look). Not much seems to grow around
Pyongyang, and everything looks barren and, well, basically dead. Dead and concrete.
Anyway, this is who matters in Nth Korea and what might happen if Lil Kim were to leave.
Feeling disrespected by the party after his father's death, Kim Jong-il strongly came to favour the military, from which power base his replacement
could likely come.
Lil Kim was raised in isolation brought about by his high political position. Although he may have counted people as friends in his early days, once
confirmed as successor to Great Leader Kim Il-sung, poor Lil Kim's identity had been confirmed. He was the Great General, son of the Eternal
Unable to make genuine political and societal connections, Lil Kim has had to rely on intimidation and fear to achieve political gains. Since his
succession in 1994, Lil Kim has had a close group of six or seven generals as consorts, and between them they pretty much run the whole country. This
worked relatively well in the beginning, but as the old guard dies off we are starting to see the relative balance upset and the more hawkish generals
influencing all aspects of policy decision.
This cannot be good for any nation, yet alone one that is on it's financial knees already. At present Lil Kim has almost lost what little control he
had over the country and is aware of this. This is one son that could never emerge fully from his fathers shadow.
The Rest of the Family
Lil Kim has three known sons by two women. The oldest, Kim Jong-nam, was long considered his favourite - until he was caught trying to sneak into
Japan using a fake Dominican passport to visit the Disney resort in 2001.
The middle son, Kim Jong-chol, apparently has never been a favourite as a possible successor.
That leaves Kim Jong-il, the youngest son. He's 26/27. Kinda feels like the weight of the whole family dynasty has fallen on this kid. Not a lot
is really known about him (although there are rumours floating around of his formulative years.) Recently he has gone to ground, staying very close
to his dad (understandable after Lil Kims medical problems recently) He does not have a Face Book account.
So out of the kids, just Kim Jong-un seem like he has the mettle to try and maintain the family leadership. Kim Jong-nam is an outside bet, seeing as
he's been basically banished from Lil Kims life. If he decided to try it would be as Great Leader Kim Il-sung 's grandson, not as the son of Lil
Kim. Nth Koreans are weird that way.
The Military and how they run North Korea
For the past 12 years, North Korea has officially pursued a "military first policy" (Songun) under the banner of "powerful and prosperous country"
(Kangsong Taeguk). This has allowed the Nth Korean Military to take a key place in Nth Korea's political scene. In the event that Kim Jong-il were
to fall from power, or pass away, the military could seize control of North Korea. So who could take over control of crazy town? (To Be Continued)