North Korea, the Greatest Country in the World...?
We often talk about the national elements of power in the form of the acronym, DIME (Diplomacy, Information, Military (& Security), and Economy. When we consider North Korea, it is a "closed society" where they do not allow the free exchange of ideas, communication, travel, or commerce. The key to maintaining a totalitarian regime is through controlling information. The North Korean people have to believe or act like they believe everything the government tells them. Look at how technologically stunted they are when you view a satellite picture of the Korean peninsula even in the area of electrical power and infrastructure. The contrast is amazing.