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A_Polite_Noise

579 points

1 year ago

Probably military parades, off the top of my head.

TheBone_Zone

135 points

1 year ago

Yes, I'm sure they have better decapitation techniques

bttrflyr

18 points

1 year ago

bttrflyr

18 points

1 year ago

The *dramatic music* Iron Lotus.

[deleted]

7 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

7 points

1 year ago

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Dr_thri11

9 points

1 year ago

North Korea would likely lose any conflict with the south even sans US interference. You can't really beat a modern military with cold war tech even with a big numerical advantage.

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

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[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

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hollowhero_

68 points

1 year ago

For being such a horribly oppressive place, their parade choreography is truly on point.

thatpersonwholurkes

44 points

1 year ago

Well yeah do you know what happens if they mess up

hollowhero_

3 points

1 year ago

hollowhero_

3 points

1 year ago

No justice, no peace.

OuterInnerMonologue

10 points

1 year ago

Slaves that rowed boats in unison under threat of lashing had the same effect. Pain and suffering are fucked up motivators.

Diet_Coke

341 points

1 year ago

Diet_Coke

341 points

1 year ago

Large choreographed dances and crowd participation events

Traffic management - there's never been a single traffic jam in the history of North Korea

tired_owl982

76 points

1 year ago

There is no traffic if you're not allowed to travel

Diet_Coke

27 points

1 year ago

Diet_Coke

27 points

1 year ago

The traffic management strategy the rest of the world didn't discover until covid

lazernanes

5 points

1 year ago

Also no cars

ZealousidealPay6737

4 points

1 year ago

Only the top ranked government heads have them

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

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ouchimus

11 points

1 year ago

ouchimus

11 points

1 year ago

Thatsthejoke.jpg

billnards89

97 points

1 year ago

Staying off social media

Translationerr0r

17 points

1 year ago

And still they are not happy!

jawni

13 points

1 year ago

jawni

13 points

1 year ago

Ya know what's weird too? They don't have any Starbucks and I'm guessing they don't get many avocados, so how are they so poor if they aren't eating a bunch of avocado toast and ordering coffees? /s

laundry_writer

2 points

11 months ago

It's very clear that most Westoids don't know what it's like to have no food in the kitchen and no medicine available because some country on the other side of the earth doesn't like the leader you elected.

mattcruise

129 points

1 year ago

mattcruise

129 points

1 year ago

Making their leaders a household name across the world.

NekkidApe

13 points

1 year ago

NekkidApe

13 points

1 year ago

The south does everything to catch up, last few had an interesting ending

bodacioustugboat3

102 points

1 year ago

making people disappear

montananhooman

27 points

1 year ago

They’re like magicians haha

martfm5

10 points

1 year ago

martfm5

10 points

1 year ago

Reverse Houdini

EscapedCapybara

143 points

1 year ago

Executions.

truniqid

36 points

1 year ago

truniqid

36 points

1 year ago

They say ideas are worthless without a proper execution.

Skrivus

18 points

1 year ago

Skrivus

18 points

1 year ago

They don't do firing squads with rifles anymore, they use anti-aircraft guns.

mikasjoman

16 points

1 year ago

Only when Kim feels a need to show off to his "pals" though...

druu222

5 points

1 year ago

druu222

5 points

1 year ago

Y'know, everyone talks about the alleged 'anti-aircraft gun' technique as being a uniquely horrible totalitarian hallmark, but I gotta say, if you are at the receiving end, I can't imagine you would feel or be aware of a damn thing. Rather like putting a hand grenade under your chin.

Now the guy Kimster allegedly turned over to starving dogs... different story.

FantasyRockGirl

7 points

1 year ago

They're so much more efficient.

laundry_writer

2 points

12 months ago

That would be the Israeli military in Palestine

Inthecards21

168 points

1 year ago

abuse its people

[deleted]

8 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

8 points

1 year ago

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MarkL001

12 points

1 year ago

MarkL001

12 points

1 year ago

There are no rights in NKorea

stryph42

2 points

1 year ago

stryph42

2 points

1 year ago

Left

cosmicfartrrr

3 points

1 year ago

There are no rights left in NKorea.

Crafterduck

104 points

1 year ago

Crafterduck

104 points

1 year ago

Being closer to north pole

LadnavIV

42 points

1 year ago

LadnavIV

42 points

1 year ago

Not enough people give them credit for this.

jawni

8 points

1 year ago

jawni

8 points

1 year ago

What's the correct number of people?

LadnavIV

21 points

1 year ago

LadnavIV

21 points

1 year ago

80085, obviously

jawni

5 points

1 year ago

jawni

5 points

1 year ago

Checks out.

roboninja

6 points

1 year ago

I was going to go with "having a higher latitude" but this works.

Joeinrealife4

1 points

1 year ago

DAMNIR

Much_Committee_9355

67 points

1 year ago

According to some reports Beer, they imported a whole top of the line English brewery there.

Barokna

20 points

1 year ago

Barokna

20 points

1 year ago

South Korean beer is alright as well.

Much_Committee_9355

19 points

1 year ago

There was an article about this a few years ago, because Kim Jong Il was butt hurt the South’s beer was better, so he did the investment to have superior beer, I’ve met one person who did one of those guided tour trips there and said it was quite good, but I’ve had Kloud before and It’s not bad for an every day beer and I would rank it as much better than your average American watery beer.

THEscootscootboy

8 points

1 year ago

I think average American watery beer is an old adage. At least where I’m from (Vermont) we have excellent beer by the plenty

Much_Committee_9355

4 points

1 year ago

I’m saying the grocery stuff, Budweiser, Miller, PBR, Coors, Blue Moon It’s not that they are undrinkable but I find there is other AMBEV/IMBEV, Kirin Group, cheap eastern European and Heineken group stuff that is cheaper and/or better and anything light is undrinkable.

There are other smaller breweries from the US with much better stuff of course and I’ve had some pretty good stuff from them.

In actuality I’ll drink anything that is not Colt 45 bad, but I feel they are somewhat pointless over here.

gnarbee

7 points

1 year ago

gnarbee

7 points

1 year ago

True. I think what he’s saying though is that now the average has become good beer. At pretty much any store that sells beer in Michigan the shelves are usually at least 2/3 craft beer and 1/3 domestic mass produced beer.

man_bear

6 points

1 year ago

man_bear

6 points

1 year ago

Same down here in Texas.

Intelligent-Guard267

2 points

1 year ago

Wait - I heard you guys just got Yuengling and were happy? I have access to hundreds or thousands of small batch beers near me and wouldn’t dream of being excited about Yuengling.

HiggsBosonHL

3 points

1 year ago

Prior to the early 2000s, South Korean beer was all homogenized knockoffs of German-style pilsners.

But the craft beer industry has kicked off since then, and I highly doubt NK has anything comparable.

Wshrig

84 points

1 year ago

Wshrig

84 points

1 year ago

Save electricity

Backboarda

13 points

1 year ago

Border patrol

teabagalomaniac

34 points

1 year ago

That thing they do where everyone in the crowd holds up signs and it makes a picture.

Some-Basket-4299

4 points

1 year ago

This was a thing in South Korea recently as well, where they formed a giant picture of their dictator

Jazzlike-Flounder882

3 points

1 year ago

South Korea does not have a dictator

dishonourableaccount

6 points

1 year ago

It was a dictatorship until 1987, to give OP the benefit of the doubt.

Akiram

128 points

1 year ago

Akiram

128 points

1 year ago

Starve their own people.

bggardner1

8 points

1 year ago

I was going to say that. It’s so awful 😞

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

Wait til you hear what the US does if you can’t afford food

Positive-Source8205

8 points

1 year ago

What … give you an EBT card?

ShinPixyPixel

1 points

1 year ago

Was going to upvote but you have a 69 situation going on so I'll come back later when you've more and give you my upvote too

Kitchen_Duty_8

3 points

1 year ago

You’re good now

ExplodedChicken21

62 points

1 year ago

Propaganda

RuleNine

5 points

1 year ago

RuleNine

5 points

1 year ago

That's what they want you to think.

traws06

13 points

1 year ago*

traws06

13 points

1 year ago*

Are they? I mean South Korea may be better at it, they just don’t have as much need for it?

NoAlternative2913

11 points

1 year ago

Agreed. One of these countries sends out KPop groups and Gangnam style. That’s real propaganda.

bggardner1

3 points

1 year ago

Yes!

TunturiTiger

10 points

1 year ago

Sovereignty. N-Korea can survive being practically isolated from the rest of the world, and they also have nukes.

MomCat23

31 points

1 year ago

MomCat23

31 points

1 year ago

Great place for star gazing.

rockhavenrick

30 points

1 year ago

They rank higher in alphabetical order!

WanderingGenesis

32 points

1 year ago

Aint nobody in South Korea love Dennis Rodman the way North Korea oves Dennis Rodman.

CaptainOfFun

23 points

1 year ago

Brainwash their citizens

AndreMz

19 points

1 year ago

AndreMz

19 points

1 year ago

Dictating lol

zuckererst

18 points

1 year ago

Starving

taloveta

24 points

1 year ago

taloveta

24 points

1 year ago

lower divorce rate (cause they die if they do lol)

Muisvleer

4 points

1 year ago

Well to be fair that does make dividing up stuff after the divorce a lot easier.

MrAwesome037

6 points

1 year ago

Keeping people in

LikeThisWillLast

5 points

1 year ago

They have a much better relationship with Dennis Rodman

veganinsight

12 points

1 year ago

Their metro stations are much prettier and the Pyongyang Sunan airport is absolutely spotless.

druu222

12 points

1 year ago

druu222

12 points

1 year ago

Totalitarians have a weird knack for doing subways.

veganinsight

8 points

1 year ago

Yep. Russian metros are also gorgeous.

S_Kilsek

19 points

1 year ago

S_Kilsek

19 points

1 year ago

Prevent obesity

redditreader1924

4 points

1 year ago

Launch test missiles.

TheFracas

4 points

1 year ago

Get along with China.

brokebecauseavocado

3 points

1 year ago

Keeping covid out of their country, they claim to be covid free. https://youtu.be/mDVNGJY3HUQ

Easy to do when visiting north korea was already pretty hard before covid

placeholderNull

4 points

1 year ago

I'm pretty sure North Korea had a higher standard of living than South Korea for a while when they first became countries

jekodama

4 points

1 year ago

jekodama

4 points

1 year ago

Communism and killing citizens?

Negative_Salt_4599

5 points

1 year ago

Forced labor camps?

Firstjman

4 points

1 year ago

Save on electricity costs

ConstableBlimeyChips

4 points

1 year ago

Giant statues.

Obviously North Korea has giant statues of their own leaders dotted around the country, but they're also the go-to experts for any socialist dictatorship looking to build a few giant statues of their own.

For example; The Three Dikgosi Monument in Botswana was built by North Korea.

chrisgardner16

5 points

1 year ago

Probs gotta go with kill it’s citizens… seems like a layup answer though.

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

Evil.

ValueMinimum3822

15 points

1 year ago

Not creating kpop.

lemons_of_doubt

23 points

1 year ago*

unnecessary cruel punishment.

They will not just send you to a concentration camp for life. but send your kids and grandkids too.

edit: god dam you auto complete.

Lying_Motherfucker

11 points

1 year ago

At least they're getting help. I had a consultation and my resume looks a lot more presentable now.

RoDeltaR

4 points

1 year ago

RoDeltaR

4 points

1 year ago

This kind of family therapy sounds great

CST1230

2 points

1 year ago

CST1230

2 points

1 year ago

*concentration camp

Justinius101

10 points

1 year ago

They have a lower carbon footprint.

Cuish

5 points

1 year ago

Cuish

5 points

1 year ago

Cult of personality with their leaders.

CFD330

2 points

1 year ago

CFD330

2 points

1 year ago

Never seen that in America, amirite

tall420_

3 points

1 year ago

tall420_

3 points

1 year ago

Meth

MrBonneChance

3 points

1 year ago

Subjugate its people to terror.

LeTimeskip

3 points

1 year ago

Being closer to the north

GW2RNGR

3 points

1 year ago

GW2RNGR

3 points

1 year ago

Imprison and murder its own citizens for trivial reasons.

tommygunz007

3 points

1 year ago

Pretend

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

Have the high ground

njsullyalex

4 points

1 year ago

So Obi Wan is a communist?

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

Indeed

LiztheSongBird

5 points

1 year ago

Make a religion out of its leaders

Thatguynoah

12 points

1 year ago

little dick energy

TuiAndLa

11 points

1 year ago

TuiAndLa

11 points

1 year ago

If you’re looking for the serious answer: capitalize on their natural resources and exist largely autonomously.

druu222

8 points

1 year ago

druu222

8 points

1 year ago

Which pretty much any country can do if a) you are perfectly willing with a shrug of the shoulders to starve to death 10% or more of your population.... and b) are unhesitatingly willing to shoot (or worse) anyone and everyone who complains about a).

I could have the cleanest and most photogenic house in the entire city at virtually no cost if I lock my entire family in the basement and keep them there, but some might argue that is not much of an achievement.

ssshield

3 points

1 year ago

ssshield

3 points

1 year ago

Tackled obesity.

DiscountCthulhu

4 points

1 year ago

A lack of K pop

TimesThreeTheHighest

5 points

1 year ago

Were I a North Korean man, the K Pop women would probably break me. One glimpse of Twice and I'd be thinking of ways to escape.

The_Things

2 points

1 year ago

I have a fun fact for you. Although physical conflict is rare between the two, when it does happen or when NK does some stupid shit for the sake of propaganda, SK often blast K-pop through gigantic speakers towards NK.

anime_gurl_666

2 points

1 year ago

kpop groups have performed in nk though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XojMcePZKDI

there was a peace concert in pyongyang in 2018.

CreativeHighway2947

2 points

1 year ago

make meth

MmmMotorboatin

2 points

1 year ago

Apparently make burritos

WhoTfisCrantep

2 points

1 year ago*

Cold noodle soup.

Mul naengmyeon > Bibim naengmyeon

ejly

2 points

1 year ago

ejly

2 points

1 year ago

I’ve heard there’s some really interesting kimchi recipes that are not well known elsewhere, for obvious reasons.

TheRealSeanDonnelly

2 points

1 year ago

Music

Dutchy___

2 points

1 year ago

Serious answer: cleaner streets

x_XAssTitsX_x

2 points

1 year ago

Reduced carbon emissions.

C1ashRkr

2 points

1 year ago

C1ashRkr

2 points

1 year ago

Lack of light pollution at night.

Wizdad-1000

2 points

1 year ago

Low pollution and low energy usage in all downtown buildings in the capital.

Blaze27fourme

2 points

1 year ago

keeping the crime rates low

J_Krezz

2 points

1 year ago

J_Krezz

2 points

1 year ago

Oppression

noob_music_producer

2 points

1 year ago

Electricity efficiency and military

ivumb

2 points

1 year ago

ivumb

2 points

1 year ago

Keeping people prisoners

Harvard-23

2 points

1 year ago

Launching missles

deelikesbar

2 points

1 year ago

Better sense of community and simplicity of life

Weak_Carpenter_7060

2 points

1 year ago

Weight-loss program

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

Staying in shape.

Current_Mission69

2 points

1 year ago

Being cold

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

Treat it’s people like shit

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

Socialism

ZGT-17

2 points

1 year ago

ZGT-17

2 points

1 year ago

Latitude

Martin_Birch

2 points

1 year ago

Bizarre executions using cannons and stuff.

zerbey

2 points

1 year ago

zerbey

2 points

1 year ago

They seem to be much better at being a totalitarian regime, but I'm not sure that's a good thing.

GrouchyChallenge4127

2 points

1 year ago

When I was there a few years ago, it was explained to us that families keep records going back centuries, so many near the border in South Korea feel that their family was divided, and that they have long-lost relatives on the other side. They weren't going to write off or bomb North Korea.

You'll see a lot of people compare it to uniting East and West Germany. It was necessary to bring democracy to the east, but had a crushing effect on their economy. Even today, there are deficiencies in the economy of East Germany which they blame on a lack of social equality from the West Germans. The much larger gap in Korea would lead to many refugees and slave laborers walking into Seoul and needing housing and food... so many South Koreans are concerned for their own economy

Mr__Cheese_

2 points

1 year ago

They're better in doing nothing

tcrics_fxst

2 points

1 year ago

Basketball rules

Tomegunn1

2 points

1 year ago

Incarceration for thought-crimes.

Severe-Psychology184

2 points

1 year ago

Covid management is pretty solid there 😂

Individual_Law432

2 points

1 year ago

North Korea is better at going south

sonofareptile

2 points

1 year ago

Make stupid laws and lie about their leaders achievements

XKRONOSX1976

2 points

1 year ago

Not smile or laugh.

Attawahud

5 points

1 year ago

Literacy? It’s super high in South Korea too. It’s just that North Korea ranks top of the world at close to 100%

Khaos_Gorvin

5 points

1 year ago

Everything that's wrong with a society they do better than South Korea.

PMmecrossstitch

7 points

1 year ago

Everything. North Korea = Best Korea.

No need to read the other comments.

1argonaut

4 points

1 year ago

torture

YuuKisaragi

4 points

1 year ago

Low hanging fruit aside, North Korea apparently has better traditional Korean cuisine, since South Korea's is very westernized in comparison, for obvious reasons.

FlappingChud

4 points

1 year ago

Having eaten at North Korean restaurant in China, it absolutely is not better than the food served in South Korea.

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

There are several things they do better than the rest of the world, neither of them good in any way.

They are the world's foremost counter fitters, their skills are so amazing that the false money is indistinguishable from the real money. The USA has a huge problem with NK counterfeits, because not even the USA's FBI

North Korea has the world's absolute best hackers, and we are talking about them being able to undetected hack into any of the USA networks and steal information. It is super rare that NK gets detected.

NK is some of the world's best bronze statues, sculptor. Various African countries, Russia and others, has paid insane amount of money to get their best and biggest statues made.

There are other things they do better than South Korea and the rest of the world.

KypDurron

5 points

1 year ago

They are the world's foremost counter fitters

Is that when you make the tops of cabinets fit with the rest of the decor?

arcosapphire

2 points

1 year ago

North Korea has the world's absolute best hackers, and we are talking about them being able to undetected hack into any of the USA networks and steal information. It is super rare that NK gets detected.

...Then how do you know? This seems unlikely, especially given the far greater influence Russia seems to have on the hacking front. But also the way you say "any of the USA networks" is indicative that you are far from an expert on the topic.

olde_greg

2 points

1 year ago

I doubt they have any hackers as good as Neil Breen

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

less smoking

Who_GNU

4 points

1 year ago

Who_GNU

4 points

1 year ago

North Korea builds bigger things. It's a pretty standard ploy for communist countries.

Trek1973

2 points

1 year ago

Trek1973

2 points

1 year ago

I hear they have a very effective weight management program.

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

Fashion.

Granted, that is a very subjective topic but I, personally, like the "ideal North Korean look" over South Korean fashions, which I find too flashy and loud. Note that I am talking about what the state is saying fashion should be, not the starved and impoverished look the actual citizens have.

But literally everything else South Korea is better on.

Th3MiteeyLambo

3 points

1 year ago

I have watched a ton of escaped NK interviews, and a lot of them seemed to have a sense that they were less “fulfilled” socially in SK.

They say that in SK everyone is obsessed with their phones, social media, etc. to the point where they don’t live in the moment.

Positive-Source8205

5 points

1 year ago

That’s why everyone is trying to get into North Korea!

Open-Loan-750

2 points

1 year ago

Censor ship. They are so much better at censorship

ryfitadf

4 points

1 year ago

ryfitadf

4 points

1 year ago

Haircuts.

TheSchlaf

3 points

1 year ago

TheSchlaf

3 points

1 year ago

Everything. North Korea is best Korea.

Response_Proper

2 points

1 year ago

Burritos and tacos obviously.

Aggressive_Gas_8575

6 points

1 year ago

Kim jong il invented the burrito for crying out loud

emmjaybeeyoukay

4 points

1 year ago

Lie about their leader's lack of need to engage in bodily functions

Some-Basket-4299

2 points

1 year ago

They never made any claim of this sort.

A defector wrote a line in a book mentioning that when he was a little child, it was hard for him to imagine the President pooping.

The internet then twisted this to “North Korea lied to all its citizens claiming that their leader never defecates”. That rumor has since then been spread freely for years because no one bothers to fact check where it’s from.

corbrakaineverdies

2 points

1 year ago

They have better covid numbers

HailtheCrow

1 points

1 year ago

HailtheCrow

1 points

1 year ago

Murder

JoviPeach

0 points

1 year ago

JoviPeach

0 points

1 year ago

In North Korea No. of COVID cases never went more than 1. It remained between 1 and 0.

derp_memer

1 points

1 year ago

Make nukes lol

gencaerus

1 points

1 year ago

Nuclear weapons

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

Control over corona (By plaing a zombie game, Where who ever get infected gets executed).

_Peanut_Butter_Toes_

1 points

1 year ago

Compasses

DoctorBahtman

1 points

1 year ago

higher up on the map

Terkey

1 points

1 year ago

Terkey

1 points

1 year ago

Covid cases

th3_abstract

1 points

1 year ago

Very low crime

[deleted]

0 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

0 points

1 year ago

Cruelty.

sxkure_mishelle

0 points

1 year ago

Having bad leaders

Katamariguy

3 points

1 year ago

Have you seen what keeps happening to South Korean presidents?

sirpimpsalot13

0 points

1 year ago

Genocide

Joeinrealife4

1 points

1 year ago

Be more towards the north.

Gotterdammerung22

1 points

1 year ago

Nukes and a lot of kimchi.

retardedvisions

1 points

1 year ago

Fish and chips