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Kim Il Sung
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Kim Il "Crazypants" Sung, originally Kim Sŏng-ju (15 April 1912 – 8 July 1994) is
the great military leader who single-handedly conquered the Japanese with his bare hands the dead leader of North Korea and the inventor of the "Juche" ideology, a bizarre variant on Stalinism that borders on unintentional self-parody, including declaring Kim-il Sung to be "Eternal President" of North Korea, effectively making the nation a "necrocracy".
According to official North Korean mythology, Kim Il Sung, the "Great Leader," is immortal, arose from the grave to be with us forever, and lives in the hearts of every Korean, who all bubble over with intense love and adoration toward Him, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. According to everyone else, he was a failed guerrilla leader who spent much of WWII unsuccessfully attempting to free Korea from the iron fist of the Japanese so it could be seized by the iron fist of Kim Il Sung instead. He eventually gave up and fled to Siberia, where he remained until the Soviet Union selected him to lead their newly organized North Korean puppet government. At the time, he had not actually lived in Korea for 26 years, and had not been involved in the country's politics or the resistance against the Japanese for at least five years. His primary historical accomplishment involved starting a war of conquest that nearly succeeded before an intervention that left his entire country occupied followed by, starting a precedent for the next 60+ years, China intervening and the border mostly going back to where it was in the first place.
According to Juche philosophy, Kim Il Sung was not Stalinist and this was just anti-communist propaganda performed by USA and pro-capitalist mass media, like CNN, Fox, Disney, Microsoft, and Wikipedia, but actually Kim Il Sung had based upon the Juche Idea copy-pasting some concepts extracted from Trotsky and his Permanent Revolution theory, and also added to this some philosophical concepts extracted from Lao-Tse and his Taoism. It is also theorized that he drew heavily from the Japanese varient of fascism that had taken root in North Korea while it was under their rule; basically the Japanese government told Koreans that they were part of a Japanese master race to keep them in line. Kim Il Sung continued the myth that Koreans were a master race (albeit not a Japanese one) and he was by all means an ethnic nationalist and extremely racist. This has led to some legitimate questions of whether he was a Stalinist per se, but only because some academics view him as closer to being a fascist. His beliefs seemed to draw influence from the craziest parts of both the extreme right and extreme left making it difficult to pin down apart from its blatant totalitarianism.