Bilateral: Anesthetized

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Rain beat against the window as North Korea took a long drag off his cigarette. He leaned against the wall and watched impassively as droplets raced down the glass.

He said, “It’s been like this for days.”

North Korea could feel China’s eyes on him. China didn’t speak though–just sat at the table and held his visor close. And that was fine because North Korea didn’t want a conversation.

“Russia always liked to remind me that life got harder. During the war, I tried to pretend like I’d never heard her say that. It was because I knew she was right.”

North Korea looked away from pounding rain, gaze drifting up to the ceiling. Though he spoke using sluggish words and a low voice, there was no sorrow in his tone. There was nothing at all.

“One of the first things she ever told me was that I didn’t understand what pain felt like. I resented her for it, at first. But she was right about that, too.”

When he breathed out, his hand dropped to his side, unable to muster the desire to smoke anymore.

“But I think… I think I understand now.”


Notes

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Life advice from North Korea

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Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un visits the Korean People’s Army Breeding Station No. 621 to impart great wisdom. Today I have the honor of following in his footsteps.

Hello. I am the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Commonly, I am known as North Korea, but you should know that this “nickname” was given to me by my oppressors.

Today I have been tasked with sharing my endless knowledge about life, in the hope that it will help you better yourselves*.  Please read on for these tactical life “hacks.”

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Bilateral: Apex

Sweat formed on his brow as he stared into the faces of the most powerful countries on earth. To them, he was just spewing that tired, angry rhetoric. To him, he was challenging warlords.

“I want to believe that the United Nations stands for peace, but I cannot. Reflected on every page of its history is the story of national division stained with misfortunes and pains that our people suffered over the past seven decades.”

He found strength in his thundering heart and inspiration from the resentment in his enemies’ eyes.

“This organization is corrupt from within. If its leaders are not willing to fight this greed and corruption, I promise you that I will fight it. I will fight it with everything I am, and I will do what you have failed to, no matter the cost.”

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“North Korea, I have a very important job for you.” Russia gazed into the other’s eyes intensely. The intimacy and seriousness behind her look made him uncomfortable–and yet in that moment, he felt chosen. “I’m putting you in charge of throwing a magnificent party for China.”

North Korea nodded firmly. “I will pour all of my juche heart into this great mission.”

Those words would fill Russia will confidence; everyone knew not to take everything North Korea said at pure face value, but the moment he said juche heart was the moment she knew he meant it for real.

So, naturally Russia had to wonder what went wrong when three hours later she walked into the grand party room only to find that the place looked like a complete joke.

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Hello, and welcome to Prejudice & Politics!

Over the past few days, P&P has been gotten a sudden influx of followers. Because there’s a lot of new faces, I wanted to take a moment to explain to you what this blog is all about. But first of all, I’d like to thank you for joining me on this ride. You are awesome.

You can think of Prejudice & Politics as a government class, but funnier and more relatable. What I do is give readers a sincere look at international relations. Through the actions, words, and stories of personified characters, you get an intimate look at the history and beliefs of a number of dynamic and interesting countries. Basically, I turn politics into narrative stories featuring funny, powerful, intriguing, silly, depraved, and sometimes just plain bizarre characters. You learn something, but it doesn’t actually feel like a chore because you’re having fun. You can then take what you’ve read and dig deeper into the issues, form your own opinions, and start some great discussions.

If you want to read more of P&P but aren’t sure where to start, try these:

Mutually Assured Delusion – All hell breaks loose during a mock UN meeting when North Korea becomes a nuclear superpower.

Bilateral – The world can be a dark place when people hurt each other for the sake of power, ambition, and hatred.

With Closers – Central Europe is an odd bunch, especially the ones who speak German.

Like a Married Something – China and North Korea’s relationship is kind of like that one Facebook status. It’s complicated.

Folie à deux – Taiwan gets a truly remarkable and terrifying opportunity: Seeing the world from North Korea’s point of view. But things go south very quickly, and America’s excessive profanity is just the start.

Twitter – This isn’t a story, but you should totally follow P&P on Twitter because sometimes I make funny tweets. Sometimes.

Finally, say hi in the comments section! Introduce yourself and talk to me about politics, this blog, or your favorite kind of humor. I want to hear your ideas, suggestions, and everything in between.

The good, the bad, and the Red

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Photo by zoomar (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you, but when I think of a holiday devoted to love, I think of the Cold War (Freud would probably have a field day with that).

So, maybe you’re spending today alone or maybe romance just isn’t for you. And maybe you’re just not feeling these romantic songs people keep throwing at you. Maybe you’re not feeling the “I had my heartbroken” songs either.

This playlist, inspired by US-Russia relations both past and present, might be just what you’re looking for. Sure to fill your anti-love needs, it features a range of tracks from upbeat pop songs about lowkey hating someone to angry rock verses that are sure to let your ex/enemy/political adversary know that they aint shit (and you will destroy them).

Great songs on this playlist include (but are not limited to):

“The Good, The Bad And The Dirty” by Panic! At The Disco
“Can’t Play Dead” by The Heavy
“Kiss With A Fist” by Florance + The Machine
“Very Good Bad Thing” by Mother Mother
“Novocaine” by Fall Out Boy
“Running Up That Hill” by Placebo

Click here to listen to “Good, Bad, Red,” and immerse yourself in a Cold War Valentine’s Day. You could also follow Prejudice & Politics on Spotify for more playlists like this.

Have fun—and don’t be shy about asking me why I added a track or whose persecptive (America’s or Russia’s) I believe a song best fits.