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- - What comes to mind when you think of North Korea Most people would probably recognize the name from the news Recently North Korea has been involved in a dispute with the United States and other countries over its suspected nuclear weapons production program Lets take a look at the countrys roots in hope of gaining a clearer perspective of the country and its people Brief Political History North Korea has been in turmoil throughout its history It is currently under a communist system of rule The leadership of the country recently changed from Kim Il Sung to his son Kim Jong Il Kim Il Sung ruled with absolute power The brand of communism practiced in North Korea is highly influenced by chuche sasang which are ideas about self-reliance of the country Early Government Before 313 AD the area which is now North Korea was inhabited by Chinese tribes One city in the area Lolang was a great center of Chinese culture including commerce industry and art The Chinese inhabitants of the area patterned much of their civilization and government after the traditional Chinese system The early residents organized themselves into 70 clan states over time which were also grouped into broader tribal confederations known as Chin-Han Ma-Han and Pyon-Han The Chin-Han confederation was situated in the middle of the peninsula Ma-Han in the southwest and Pyon-Han in the southeast Their economies were based on agriculture Around the middle of the 400s AD the Chinese threat from the north became a cause for the three kingdoms to unite They eventually merged into two kingdoms to increase their defense capabilities The reason the three kingdoms merged into two instead of one is a geographic one because certain features naturally separated the two These features are the Taebaek mountain range and the Sobaek range The fact that two separate kingdoms were created instead of
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