In the spirit of /r/explainlikeimfive, here's a place to come up with the best explanation you can on topics you know nothing about. Inspired by Calvin's brilliant dad, who knew everything.
North Korea's trying to pull a Gandhi but they're just barely into the atomic age thanks to all those research agreements with china. Lately they've been spouting off a lot of "Just thought your army looked a bit on the weak side, better watch your back" to America, who puppeted Seoul fifty or so years ago and currently has the majority of the world's army and definitely the highest tech advantage. The problem is North Korea took Autocracy, doesn't have any luxury resources left, and all their gold is going to military upkeep. That policy choice has basically alienated the entire world, most of whom have gone Freedom. They've been swimming in unhappiness for a long-ass time so Pyonyang hasn't exactly been growing. Especially since they made the rather daft decision to replace all their farms with mines and forts, some of their smaller cities have starved down to less than 5 population.
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