Well the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (North Korea) eternal president Kim Il-sung had a son/heir. Maybe Zarkon had the same reason and he just figured out immortality along the way
True, but again, there’s the little issue of why he bothered to keep Lotor after figuring out immortality. Unless Lotor’s just that useful, or the assassination attempts are that amusing, (or he just forgot he had a son), I can’t see Mr. “I will weed out everyone who I even think plots against me or might be too weak for my taste” letting him hang around. Again, we’re talking Space Stalin here.
[From the Constitution of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]
62. The requirements for becoming a citizen of the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea are defined by the Law on Nationality. A citizen is
under the protection of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
regardless of domicile. Article 63. In
the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea the rights and duties of
citizens are based on the collectivist principle: “One for all and all
for one.” Article 64. The State shall effectively
guarantee the genuine democratic rights and freedoms as well as the
material and cultural well-being of all its citizens. In the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea the rights and freedoms of citizens shall be
amplified with the consolidation and development of the socialist
Article 65. Citizens enjoy equal rights in all spheres of State and public activity.
66. All citizens who have reached the age of 17 have the right to elect
and to be elected, irrespective of sex, race, occupation, length of
residence, property status, education, party affiliation, political
views or religious belief. Citizens serving in the armed forces also
have the right to elect and to be elected. A person who has been
disenfranchised by a Court decision and a person legally certified
insane do not have the right to elect or to be elected.
67. Citizens are guaranteed freedom of speech, the press, assembly,
demonstration and association. The State shall guarantee the conditions
for the free activities of democratic political parties and social
Article 68. Citizens have freedom of
religious belief. This right is granted through the approval of the
construction of religious buildings and the holding of religious
ceremonies. Religion must not be used as a pretext for drawing in
foreign forces or for harming the State or social order.
69. Citizens are entitled to submit complaints and petitions. The State
shall investigate and deal with complaints and petitions impartially as
stipulated by law. Article 70. Citizens have the
right to work. All able-bodied citizens may choose occupations in
accordance with their wishes and skills and are provided with stable
jobs and working conditions. Citizens work according to their abilities
and are paid in accordance with the quantity and quality of their work. Article
71. Citizens have the right to relaxation. This right is ensured by the
establishment of working hours, and the provision of holidays, paid
leave, accommodation at health resorts and holiday homes at State
expense and by a growing network of cultural facilities.
72. Citizens are entitled to free medical care, and all persons who are
no longer able to work because of old age, illness or physical
disability, and seniors and minors who have no means of support are all
entitled to material assistance. This right is ensured by free medical
care, an expanding network of hospitals, sanatoria and other medical
institutions, State social insurance and other social security systems. Article
73. Citizens have the right to education. This right is ensured by an
advanced educational system and by the educational measures enacted by
the State for the benefit of the people. Article 74.
Citizens are free to engage in scientific, literary and artistic
pursuits. The State shall grant benefits to inventors and innovators.
Copyrights, inventions and patents shall be protected by law. Article 75. Citizens have freedom of residence and travel. Article
76. Revolutionary fighters, the families of revolutionary and patriotic
martyrs, the families of soldiers of the People’s Army and soldiers
disabled on duty enjoy the special protection of the State and society. Article
77. Women are accorded equal social status and rights with men. The
State shall afford special protection to mothers and children by
providing maternity leave, reduced working hours for mothers with
several children, a wide network of maternity hospitals, creches and
kindergartens, and other measures. The State shall provide all
conditions for women to play their full roles in society.
78. Marriage and the family shall be protected by the State. The State
pays great attention to consolidating the family, the basic unit of
social life. Article 79. Citizens are guaranteed
inviolability of the person and the home, and privacy of correspondence.
No citizen can be placed under control or arrest nor can a citizen’s
home be searched without a legal warrant.
80. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea shall grant the right of
asylum to foreign nationals persecuted for struggling for peace and
democracy, national independence and socialism or for the freedom of
scientific and cultural pursuits.
Citizens shall firmly safeguard the political and ideological unity and
solidarity of the people. Citizens shall cherish their organization and
collective and work devotedly for the good of society and the people.
82. Citizens shall strictly observe the laws of the State and the
socialist standards of life and defend their honour and dignity as
citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
83. Work is the noble duty and honour of a citizen. Citizens shall
willingly and conscientiously participate in work and strictly observe
labour discipline and working hours.
Citizens shall take good care of the property of the State and social,
cooperative organizations, combat all forms of misappropriation and
waste and manage the nation’s economy diligently as the masters. The
property of the State and social, cooperative organizations is
inviolable. Article 85. Citizens shall constantly increase their revolutionary vigilance and devotedly fight for the security of the State. Article
86. National defence is the supreme duty and honour of citizens.
Citizens shall defend the country and serve in the armed forces as
required by law.
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, Pyongyang : Participants wave
flowers towards North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (not pictured) as they
pass through Kim Il-Sung square during a mass military parade in
Pyongyang on October 10, 2015. North Korea was marking the 70th
anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones
I’ve not studied the politics of the DPRK as much as I should, so don’t hold my opinion very highly as it is a collection of loosely connected theories and beliefs held by my comrades in the Swedish Communist Party.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, may or may not be socialist. There are a lot of opinions about this, so I won’t touch it. What the DPRK is undoubtedly, though, is a victim of US imperialist aggression. As corrupt or evil as the government of the DPRK may or may not be, UN and US sanctions or embargoes against the DPRK does not solely hurt the government of the DPRK, but also the northern Korean citizens. Few countries dare to trade with them anymore, so the effects of the famine that struck in the 90s have been made much worse. This in turn lead to the Songun practice under Kim Jong-Il, which recruited more people into the military and put the military to work out on the countryside, helping farms and building roads, etc.
The whole nuke situation is interesting. The US has over 4,000 nukes, about 2,000 of which can be fired at a moment’s notice. The DPRK has… 10? Maybe less? Most of which can not reach very far. These nukes have acted at a deterrent against the US and its allies (e.g. “if you attack first we’ll use these”), and the DPRK has told the US that if they agree to declare peace with the DPRK then the DPRK will stop any and all nuclear tests and disarm their nuclear arsenal. The US declined.
Some people may call me a tankie for this answer, and I’m fine with that, but I want to make it clear that whilst I do support the DPRK in the sense that I want their citizens to have access to food and housing and that I want peace between the north and the south, I do not support the government of the DPRK to a very large extent.
In debates I’m quicker to jump to the defence of China, Cuba, Vietnam, and socialist South America than I am to defend the DPRK. I do still think it’s inappropriate to wave the flag of the DPRK on the first of May (or Labour Day for you Americans).
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, Pyongyang :
Participants wait to take part in a mass parade marking the end of the
7th Workers Party Congress in Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang on May 10,
2016. North Korea kicked off a massive parade in the centre of
Pyongyang on May 10 to celebrate a just-concluded ruling party congress
that was seen as a formal coronation for supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. /
AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones
On a beautiful location at the foot of Mount Moran in Pyongyang stands Liberation Monument, transmitting the exploits of Soviet troops. The number of stone blocks - 509 to commemorate the victory in the Great Patriotic War, May 9 (5th month, the 9th day), and their total weight - 815 tons - will mark the day of the liberation of Korea on August 15th.
Soldiers and officers of the Red Army victory over the German fascists in May 1945, together with the soldiers of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army defeated the Japanese imperialists and made a great contribution to the liberation of Korea. To perpetuate their deeds Liberation Monument was erected in August 1946 on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of Korea. The monument has been renovated several times. The total land area - 128 thousand square meters. m, the monument covers an area of 48 thousand square meters. m around it planted many ornamental trees and beautiful flowering shrubs and lawns in front of him in the area of thousands of square meters. m The monument consists of a wide basin, the main obelisk in three parts with the crowning of its five-pointed star.
On a pedestal shaped like outstretched wings, built of stone obelisk of 18 blocks, with various plastic items. It evokes a sense of aspiration and ease up the monument. On each side of the monument with the background light and bright white color combination bronze and red color that resembles the style of modern architecture typical of accessibility and solemnity. The wings are decorated in the form of the observation area, from here you can admire the surrounding landscape. There wings serve as a balcony and architectural design. The height of the monument - 30 m in the construction of the monument eating granite blocks weighing 3 - 45 tons.
On the front side of the lower part of the bronze bas-relief depicts the flag of the USSR, on both sides - fighting Soviet troops trashing the Japanese imperialists, and a joyful meeting with Soviet soldiers liberated the Korean people in Korea.
Wings of the balcony above the lower part supported by two pillars on which are carved flowers of azaleas and laurel branches, a symbol of the DPRK-Russia friendship.
On the sides of the second part bears the epigram, which transmits the heroic deeds of the Soviet soldiers. On the front side of the third, the top of the bronze relief depicts a hammer, sickle and star, on the back side - the five-pointed star, and on both side - flags of the DPRK and the USSR.
The obelisk crowned with a five-pointed star, symbolizing the eternal Russian-Korean friendship.
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, Pyongyang : A woman and child
stand in a Pyongyang subway station on October 12, 2015. North Korea
wrapped up the 70th birthday party for its ruling Worker’s Party on
October 11 with a music and dance extravaganza that included a scene of
children on a butterfly-collecting trip being killed in a US bombing
raid. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones
Folk festivals, festive concerts and sporting events today celebrated May Day in North Korea. The revival reigns in the parks of the North Korean capital, in the city dolphinarium, the new high-rise water-recreation complex “Ryugenvon” the building which attracts an unusual wave-like shape with an elegant decor. Practically all over the city are open tent, where for a small fee, you can buy cotton candy, fruit, ice cream and lemonade. Many spend their time in restaurants, cafes and pizzerias, or go to the bank of the Taedong River. Young people having fun at the rollerdromes.
Residents of the city appeared in small supermarkets. Along with the traditional Korean goods, you can buy Argentine, French and Italian wines, sake, Japanese, Swiss and Dutch cheeses, canned German sausages.
Neon signs lit a new residential area, built in Pyongyang. This ambitious project was the most impressive in the reconstruction of the city center.
In all the major theaters and concert halls of Pyongyang on the occasion of May Day holiday concerts are held. Performers sing patriotic songs, including “May, the month of our victories”, which glorified the merits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong-il, through which “the masses are the real masters of the country.”
Newspapers published in the country today editorials noted that under the leadership of the two great leaders of the “workers and intellectuals turned to the party faithful revolutionary force, which carries out the epochal transformation in the process of creating prosperous nation.”
The current leader Kim Jong-un has expressed gratitude to the builders who participated in the creation of an open park recently with numerous flower beds around the Kumsusan palace, where the tombs of two generalissimos.
In the evening, in the center of Pyongyang in traditional dances in the open air on the occasion will be attended by tens of thousands of Koreans.