As part of the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the DPRK, Pyongyang staged mass games titled “The Glorious Country,” with NK News journalists attending the event.
The show had a heavy historical focus, recalling many slogans, songs, and events from the 1940s to the present day. The earliest slogans are from August 1948, while more recent ones reflect the developments during Kim Jong Un’s tenure. In essence, they tell the official, state-approved story of the entire 70 years of North Korea’s history.
However, several important topics which might have been expected to be included were absent.
The first is North Korea’s strategic weapons, which were completely absent from the games despite being an important part of official propaganda until 2018. This is almost certainly a foreign policy-related decision, aimed mostly at the United States.
The decision is consistent with recent moves by the DPRK to remove anti-American related propaganda at the street level and to leave its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) out of the September 9 military parade.
Economic reforms of the Kim Jong Un era were also omitted from the slogans despite North Korean literature including references and hints of reforms in recent years.
In terms of aesthetic and content, “The Glorious Country” mass games are similar to the previous games North Korea staged called Arirang.
Kim Jong Il also features more prominently in the “Glorious Country” games in an apparent effort to elevate his status closer to the level of his father and North Korea’s founding leader – Kim Il Sung.
Contributed by Fyodor Tertitskiy
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