Inspired by the militarism and high-blown grandiosity of Stalin and Mao, North Korea, a land almost completely consumed by jagged mountain peaks, fervently waves the flag for one of the most isolated regimes on earth, making it one of the most fascinating places to visit Bordering its closest political ally, Communist China to the north, North Korea is a single party totalitarian regime, united under the Korean Workers’ Party.
With restrictions on travel and press freedom, relatively little is known about North Korean society. The state, meanwhile, controls all media and cultural output ensuring that the Juche philosophy, the principle introduced by North Koreas’ founding father, Kim Il-Sung, remains the over-riding factor in shaping the political future. Today, his grandson, Kim Jong-un, who has been ruling North Korea since 2011, appears to be as unwilling as his predecessors to liberalise the regime. The bizarre and all-pervasive cult of personality surrounding the Kim family in effect renders North Korea an absolute monarchy or hereditary dictatorship.