November 17, 2019

North Korea’s baffling personalized rank insignia, explained
The DPRK's complex ranking system says a lot about the ups and downs of Pyongyang politics
A sociologist can usually write something about the cultural symbolism of a uniform with relative ease, but the exception to this rule are uniforms of the highest-ranking elite members, who often hold special ranks awarded to a few. The problem is that such uniforms are designed individually, with designs being approved, and sometimes even designed, by their users. A famous Western example