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Insane, genocidal kleptocracy the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is to require citizens to display dictator Kim Jong-Un‘s bloated face on their chests, alongside compulsory badges depicting deceased rulers Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung.
The Daily NK, an online newspaper run by North Korean exiles and dissidents, reports that Kim Jong-Un badges are being distributed to Ministry of State Security cadres in the capital. According to the source: “[the badges] aim is to instill a sense of mission; namely, to be on the frontline defending Marshal Kim Jong [Un] and military-first Chosun.”
In North of the DMZ, Andrei Lankov describes how the badges, featuring Kim Il Sung, emerged at the apex of his personality cult, and all have since been required to wear it. Numerous types of badges (Lankov puts the number at twenty in 2007, and the number has clearly grown higher since) are in circulation, and each confers a certain amount of power and status. Writing earlier this year, Lankov stated that “an experienced observer can guess the official association and approximate position of a North Korean simply by looking at his/her badge.”