Well, they are a nationalist totalitarian prison nation. The state controls every aspect of their lives. Dissidents are thrown in concentration camps or just flat-out executed. Any word critical of the regime is "subversion."
I'm not sure Kim Jong-Il is all he's cracked up to be. It seems to me that he's merely a puppet used to placate the masses. The real power is behind the scenes in the KWP and the military.
This is how "democracy" works in the DPRK.
Outside the central polling stations there were bands playing and people dancing and singing to entertain the queues of voters waiting patiently to select their representatives in the country's unicameral olegislature. The booths selling drinks and snacks were very popular with the crowds and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The list of successful candidates was published on Monday. There was a reported turn-out of over 99% of the voters and all the candidates, including Kim Jong Il, were elected with 100% approval.