An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored communist control. After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea in the southern portion by force, North Korea, under its founder President KIM Il Sung, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic "self-reliance" as a check against outside influence.
On july of 2016 North korea had a population of 25,115,311 people which puts them as the 51st country regarding population in the world.
The country's GDP was $40 billion in 2014 which put them in in the 115th rank (not accurate)
In 2013 25.6% of the population was unemployed, they are ranked 180 so they are part of the worst
Their main industries are military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining, metallurgy; textiles, food processing and tourism
North korea is a communist state which is a state that is usually administered and governed by a single party representing the proletariat, guided by Marxist-Leninist philosophy, with the aim of achieving communism (total equality for all).
The capitol is in Pyongyang
There is 9 provinces and 2 municipalities for the administrative divisions
They got their independence following World war II, the 15 of august in 1945
The previous constitutions were in 1948, 1972. The latest adopted was in 1998 (during KIM Jong Il era); but was revised in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016
Their legal system is a civil law system based on the Prussian model; system influenced by Japanese traditions and Communist legal theory
The suffrage is at 17 years of age, it is universal
Currently the executive branch is:chief of state KIM Jong Un (since 17 December 2011), Cabinet or Naegak members appointed by the Supreme People's Assembly except the Minister of People's Armed Forces. The chief of state and premier are indirectly elected by the Supreme People's Assembly; election last held on 9 March 2014. Power is transfered by election but they are manipulated.
The legislative branch is unicameral, contains 687 seats; the members are directly elected by absolute majority vote to serve 5-year terms; the Korean Workers' Party selects all candidates. Election are each 5 years
The judicial branch is composed of high and low courts. The high courts consists of the chief justice and 2 "People's Assessors" and for some cases, 3 judges. The judges are elected by the Supreme People's Assembly for 5-year terms.