The Mad Mad Mad World of North Korean Military Medals

The MarkoZen Blog

The North Korean military likes to give out medals. The country hasn’t been at war since the early fifties, yet photos show generals and colonels with dozens of big, ostentatious medals on their uniforms.

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To get a medal, maybe all a colonel has to do is stay awake during a speech by Kim Jong-un.

Other possibilities:

Partners in Peace Award—this popular award is given to those who had any contact with Denis Rodman while he was in North Korea during several trips. Since Kim Jong-un worships Denis Rodman for appearing like the average American (facial jewelry, tattoos, sunglasses worn inside buildings, bleached hair, odd behavior) and he uses Denis’s image a lot to show North Koreans what average Americans look like.

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Amazing Execution Award—this little known award is given to military officers who come up with interesting and creative ways to execute North Koreans. It has also been…

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