"North Korea is the world's most isolated country. Foreigners trickle in. There's no Internet. There are no cafes. In fact, there's no entertainment. It's hard to leave the hotel and meeting Koreans is next to impossible."Indoctrination, propaganda, building projects half finished, shopping malls with no electricity, no North Koreans allowed to leave the country unless they leave behind a spouse and children. All the stuff that we think of when we think of countries led by dictators but weirder and more extreme than most would imagine.
Here is a panel from the book that Guy Delisle drew after a visit to special school where all the little girls were laboring over some task and the group playing accordions all had plastered on smiles.