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View Poll Results: Can North Korea and South Korea merge?
Yes 35 62.50%
No 21 37.50%
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:42 AM
 
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Yes NK is like another world. It makes Cuba look like the US. It's nightmarish even by Cold War standards.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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The South don't really want it, they are fine as they are Jack - the Chinese won't let a pro US regime take over North Korea. They might unify but the Chinese will make sure their presence is right in there - so it will never be truly unified.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Can they ever successfully exit as a single country again?
I think the big stalemate right now, is who will take over who? They can't integrate the two, without one almost entirely and completely conforming nearly 100% to the other.

That basically means North Korea will have to cease to exist, and South Korea would 'take' them.

However, North Koreans, have a ton at stake with their own unique culture, worldview, history, heroes, etc., to completely bow down to having pretty much everything about them 'erased' to just be a part of South Korea.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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I saw a documentary on North Korea recently that showed the North Koreans attitudes toward their own leader. It was like listening to members of a religious cult so deeply indoctrinated that they would rather commit mass suicide than give up their world as they know it. Of course, it is a little hard to tell whether people are really that brainwashed or whether, for their own self preservation, they are simply repeating what they think the government wants to hear. Maybe it is a bit of both. Obviously, there will have to be a revolution from within that begins to change people's delusional beliefs about their world and the world outside.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Saudi Arabia
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I saw a documentary on North Korea recently that showed the North Koreans attitudes toward their own leader. It was like listening to members of a religious cult so deeply indoctrinated that they would rather commit mass suicide than give up their world as they know it. Of course, it is a little hard to tell whether people are really that brainwashed or whether, for their own self preservation, they are simply repeating what they think the government wants to hear. Maybe it is a bit of both. Obviously, there will have to be a revolution from within that begins to change people's delusional beliefs about their world and the world outside.
I call Korean like the Borg of Star Trek Next Generation. After working with Koreans (albeit S. Koreans), I now understand how the N. Koreans can accept everything they're told as gospel without challenging it. I think the staff of engineers we have from Korea would jump off a cliff w/o question if their Director told them to do so...kind of weirdly amazing.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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However, North Koreans, have a ton at stake with their own unique culture, worldview, history, heroes, etc., to completely bow down to having pretty much everything about them 'erased' to just be a part of South Korea.
Do North Koreans really want to hold on to anything they have now? Especially their history and heroes? Wouldn't they be more interested in better food, clothes, and living standards as part of a capitalistic Korea, along the current South-Korean model? Even East Germany had a better living standard, and they were also a sporting powerhouse till integration.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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Well, can they? East and West Germany were separated for over 40 years, and became quite different in terms of industrialization, prosperity, role of government in everyday life, personal freedom, etc. Yet they unified and in the past 20 years a lot of the differences have become diluted. In a generation the economic disparities would probably become negligible. Vietnam and Yemen too merged, although the differences between the two parts were smaller to begin with.

South and North Korea were very homogenous pre-Korean War, yet are leagues apart today. Can they ever successfully exit as a single country again?
if they have enough in common after so many years; maybe get some religion.

Religion in North Korea

North Korea is officially an atheist state in which much of the population is nonreligious. North Korea sees organized religious activity as a potential challenge to the leadership.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_North_Korea

Ten Important Things to Know about the Country of North Korea
A Geographic and Educational Overview of North Korea

6. The predominant religions in North Korea are Buddhist and Confucian (51%), traditional beliefs like Shamanism are 25%, while Christians make up 4% of the population and the remaining North Koreans consider themselves as other followers of other religions. In addition, there are government-sponsored religious groups in North Korea. The literacy rate in North Korea is 99%.

10. Because North Korea is focused on self-reliance and is closed to outside countries, more than 90% of its economy is controlled by the government and 95% of the goods produced in North Korea are manufactured by state-owned industries. This has caused development and human rights issues to arise in the country. The main crops in North Korea are rice, millet and other grains while industry focuses on the production of military weapons, chemicals, and the mining of minerals like coal, iron ore, graphite and copper.

http://geography.about.com/od/northkorea/a/northkorea.htm
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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The people on both sides are still Koreans, and always will be. Nobody in the world is more unified than the Koreans. There will always be one Korea, and eventually, there will not be a line drawn across it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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I was thinking about that the other day, the thing that I thought about was how different NK is. If they ever did unify it would be a culture shock to most of them. I think that it would be provide a lot more opportunity to NKs and that would be great. However I still do wonder that if that ever did happen would they still be "separated" even though they aren't legally 2 different countries.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If they ever did unify it would be a culture shock to most of them. I think that it would be provide a lot more opportunity to NKs and that would be great.
Yes, but just think how easy it will be for American corporations to sell them shiny objects. I'll bet Disney and McDonalds and Marlboro and Sara Lee and Monsanto and Home Shopping Network and Fruit of the Loom and Cialis lick their lips when they hear people talking about reunification. The only freedom America cares about is the freedom to buy things.

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