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  Hypothetical: If Kim Jong-un suddenly dies, what happens to North Korea? (search mode)
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« on: July 14, 2017, 10:14:17 pm »
« edited: July 15, 2017, 12:04:45 am by Kingpoleon »

The resulting confusion in the hierarchy would be interesting, to say the least. Kim Han-sol, Kim Jong-chul, Ri Yong-ho, Kim Ju-ae loyalists, and Choe Ryong-hae would presumably all compete for power. I think whoever Kim Sul-song sides with of the Kims would dominate in a short struggle for leadership.

There's always the possibility Sul-song herself takes over, at least maybe claiming to be a regent for Ju-ae, but I'm not sure how the populace and military would react to a female leader. Han-sol would gain the backing of South Korea, and possibly even China. If the Chinese allies in the government and military and the Chinese ambassador made it clear that they preferred Han-sol, it would be interesting to see what the remaining North Korean leaders would do.
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 01:23:55 am »

It's more likely his brother Kim Jong-chul, or nephew, Kim Han-sol, takes over.
Han-sol only takes over if China forces it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 07:46:45 pm »

What about Kim-Jong-chul? Might he take over?
Sure. He could gain the backing of the North Korean generals, but I'm not sure he can gain China's backing.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 08:03:43 pm »

Would there even be a power struggle, or does Kim-Jong-un have a designated successor in case he dies?
He has no official designated successor. It should be noted that Kim Jong-in wasn't expected to be his father's successor, though, and at times it has seemed a little suspicious that he took power.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 05:07:10 pm »

Would there even be a power struggle, or does Kim-Jong-un have a designated successor in case he dies?
There is none, because it's a democratic *people's* republic.
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