This article is about the Democratic People's Republic of Rason. For the article about the country that once occupied the same land, see Baskol.
Rason, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Rason, is a country in Zaheria, and contains 84% of the border between the continents of Zaheria and Tind with Kaesong as it's capital and largest city. To the west and north, it is bordered by the country known as Oof where the mountain range dividing Zaheria and Tind act as a natural border. To the south is the Rasonian sea, and to the east is unexplored and unclaimed land. The border between Oof and Rason is one of the most heavily fortified in the world, with Rason focusing most of all of its military might on the border to match the power of Oof. Rason still claims to control all the unclaimed land to the east, however, there is no proof to these claims.
"Rason is a coastal industrious and sprawling dictatorial nation ruled by Leader Justin Cheng. Its capital Kaesŏng is situated on the desert continent of Zaheria.
Rason is a member of the alliance The Last Bastion.
The world-covering borders of Rason surround innumerable forests, some jungles, numerous mountains, innumerable deserts, numerous cleared land, many lakes, many rivers, numerous grasslands, a few tundra and innumerable urban areas.
The known flora is very diverse and includes a few rubber trees, a few unicorn grass, a few grapevines, a few herbs, a few hemp, a few tobacco plants, a few cocoa trees, some apple trees, a few coffea, many cacti, a few kingwood, some oak trees, some hops and innumerable silk.
The known fauna is very diverse and includes plenty of buffalos, innumerable cows, innumerable sheep, numerous boars, plenty of goats, a few yeti, plenty of beehives, some foxes, innumerable panthers and some elephants. Innumerable mackerels, plenty of cods, many whales, numerous sharks, some piranhas, many salmon, some bass, innumerable shrimps and a few clams are found outside the coast of Rason.
Under the surface the geologists have found tiny amounts of iron, loads of coal, little uraninite, tiny amounts of stonesilver, tiny amounts of sulfur, tiny amounts of saltpeter, tiny amounts of marble, some copper, a decent amount of gold, a decent amount of silver, little platinum, tiny amounts of bauxite, tiny amounts of gemstones and a decent amount of lead.
Like few other nations tiny amounts of crude deep sea oil and loads of petroleum is found within the Rasonian borders.
The technological advancements of Rason is adequate, and their military power is adequate."
- Generated description of Rason
After a failed biological weapons test on June 29, 2019, a fatal pathogen (RSKL-27) was released into Baskol, killing almost all the population. Very few people survived, and rumours say that the disease spread to Oof, explaining the slowing population growth rate. The natives of Baskol, with no resistance to the disease, completely died off. There is still no vaccine or cure.
On February 19, 2020, a large group of survivors met in Kaesong and elected Justin Cheng as their new leader, and thus the nation of Rason was born.
Westward Expansion into Tind
On March 9, 2020, Arrow Squad, the most powerful division in the Rasonian Military, led by Master Seargent Melissa Liu, caught the border patrol guards in Oof on surprise and completely destroyed one of Oof's best infantry division. The squad continued to push forward until it had acquired a good chunk of land. From there, Master Seargent Liu sneaked into Oof and assassinated Dictator Max Yang, leaving the country of Oof into turmoil as there was no chosen heir. Oof eventually dissolved into many small city-states, and Melissa Liu started a colony in Tind, named Paektu after the nearest major city in the area.
To boost the population, Rason offered criminals a full pardon if they immigrated to Paektu, and give non-Christian families the chance to practice their own religion in Paektu (which was banned in Rason), as well as giving free land to regular people.
Collapse of Paektu
On April 12th, Franxx's Nation sabotaged Paektu by assassinating Melissa Liu, before attacking Paektu. Their troops were unaware of the coming attack, and they did not have the technology to build concrete bunkers yet. The troops raided Paektu and burned it to the ground, however, Rason responded by completely defeating Franxx's Nation and destroyed the chance of them ever creating a strong military again.
Justin Cheng decided not to re-establish Paektu due to trade embargoes, so sent the remaining population who did not want to return to Rason as refugees to the Westberg nation of Zilin, a country founded by Justin Cheng's sister.
The west and north side of Rason takes up most of the border of Zaheria and Tind, and the small percentage of the border that is not occupied by Rason will soon be taken over. To the south is the Rasonian Sea, and to the east is unclaimed land, although Rason claims to control this land to the ocean.
There are many plains to the south and the east, although the terrain gets more mountainous the closer they get the higher the mountains are.
Most of Rason's rain falls in the winter months. South of Kaesong, rainfall averages only around 2 to 5 mm (0.1 to 0.2 in) per year and at intervals of many years. On a very thin strip of the southern coast the rainfall can be as high as 410 mm (16.1 in), mostly between October and March. Frost is also known near the Zaherian-Tind border and mid-Rason. Rason is the driest and the sunniest country in the world, and most of its land surface is desert.
Rason has an unusually hot, sunny and dry climate. Average high temperatures are high in the north but very to extremely high in the rest of the country during summer. The cooler Tind winds consistently blow over the western sea coast, which helps to get more moderated temperatures, especially at the height of the summer. The Khamaseen is a hot, dry wind that originates from the vast deserts in the east and blows in the spring or in the early summer. It brings scorching sand and dust particles, and usually brings daytime temperatures over 40 °C (104 °F) and sometimes over 50 °C (122 °F) in the interior, while the relative humidity can drop to 5% or even less. The absolute highest temperatures in Rason occur when the Khamaseen blows. The weather is always sunny and clear in Rason, especially in cities such as Oumaji, Luxidor and Kickoo. It is one of the least cloudy and least rainy regions on Earth.
Rason is divided into 12 provinces, divided by their geographical area.
Xin'xi is the furthest east province in Rason. It consists of the land close to areas that could be considered a biological hazard due to surviving COVID-18 viruses. Because of this, very few people other than Native Baskolians live here. The land here is actually more similar to that of Westberg. Cherry blossom trees and pumpkins live here. Xin'xi is also where most of the country gets it's gold. A few wild horses and fish live here, but few other animals do.
Imperius is similar to Xin'xi, but here, the first uranium mines were built. Unfortunately these were built before proper research was done, which lead to improper handling of uranium ore. This, along with the Nuclear Perry Power Plant Incident, lead to the area being heavily contaminated with radiation. The place is now inhabitable, although a few wild animals still remain, along with heavily mutated plants.
Bardur is the narrow but long strip of land among the Zaherian-Tind border. Due to the constant risk of an invasion, the mountain ranges of this area are heavily militarized, with many Concrete Bunkers. In fact, almost all military bases are located here. The climate and land in this area is actually the same as that of Tind, but since the Norrland Mountain Range (the tallest in the area) is to the west of this area, it is still officially part of Zaheria. Before the militarization of the area, it was mainly a logging area due the large forests in this area. The capital of Rason, Kaesong, is located here.
Ouamaji is the largest province in Zaheria, consisting of only deserts. Despite being the largest province, only 23% of people live here. This is where almost all the uranium ore comes from, before being transported to Luxidor or Kickoo and being sold to other countries, while only a small percent of uranium ore is turned into uranium. The Nuclear Harry Power Plant, the only nuclear power plant in Rason, is located here.
Kickoo consists of the scattered islands in the Rasonian Sea. 45% of all of Rason's trade comes through the many ports and customs houses located here. There are many beaches and tourist attractions built here, and is the wealthiest province in Rason.
Hoodrick is the area in Rason that most conspiracy theorists target. Rumours include aliens, nuclear weapons and high-tech AI soldiers. However, according to the government, it is simply a secondary military base and training area. A document leaked on April 13, 2020 showed that there was a meeting to negotiate planning for an Aspect X Research Lab, but there is no proof that these rumours are true. Most of the population here are just families of soldiers assigned to Hoodrick. Many hunters come here to hunt recreationally in the dense and massive forests of Hoodrick.
Luxidoor is a completely fake province. The people are AI robots, and everything is artificial, including all living things. It is used as a military field training exercise. Notable units trained here are Tank Destroyers, T-72s, M2 Bradleys, MQ-9 Reapers and Mortar Infantry. From a satellite view, this city looks like the economic and military centre of Rason, so enemies that do not invest in spies accidentally waste their resources attacking this province.
Vengir is the name of the barren, inhabitable wastelands that are affected by both COVID-18 and radioactive contamination. Almost nothing lives here.
Zebasi is where most of Zaheria's food comes from. Almost all animals farmed for food are grown here. The land here is extremely fertile, despite the harsh desert climate, and in the past several wars were fought for this province. Due to over-forestation, however, the land is at risk to soil erosion.
Ai-mo is the province containing the northern mountain ranges. The people here are self-sufficient and live as if Ai-mo is a seperate country, but the mountain ranges hide secret military bases that house most reserves of Plump Tanks, F-35 Lightning IIs from Oldenburg, 2K22 Tunguskas from Norrland and assorted armored vehicles. Despite the warm temeperatures, it sometimes snows here.
As part of the plan to increase soldiers in the military, every 12 years a province is selected, and in that province, all people must serve in the military for 10 years, after turning 18. Currently, Quetzali is the selected province, and they specialize in training Infantry units. However, natives are exempt from this as well as the forced Christianity in Rason. The Quetzali natives worship the bird gods of the red soil and live in harmony with the natural symmetry of their cubistic jungles. They are commonly seen riding giant flightless birds.
Yaddak is a major trade center placed right in the heart of the Rasonian desert. Becoming rich from trade, Yaddak can afford luxuries like water to grow trees and flowers. Yaddak used to be a nomadic tribe before settling down to focus on trading their goods, which include copper, platinum other mined goods. On April 10, 2020, Yaddak hunters managed to find a Bigfoot in the artificial forests, however, most people do not believe this.
Government and Politics
Rason functions as a highly centralized, one-party state. According to its constitution, it is a self-described revolutionary and socialist state "guided in its activities by the Juche idea and the Songun idea". In addition to the constitution, Rason is governed by the Ten Principles for the Establishment of a Monolithic Ideological System (also known as the "Ten Principles of the One-Ideology System") which establishes standards for governance and a guide for the behaviors of Rasonians. The Workers' Party of Rason (WPR), led by Justin Cheng, has an estimated 3000 members and dominates every aspect of Rasonian politics.
Justin Cheng is the current Supreme Leader or Suryeong of Rason. He heads all major governing structures: he is Chairman of the Workers' Party of Rason, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of Rason, and Supreme Commander of the Rasonian People's Army.
According to the Constitution of Rason, there are officially three main branches of government. The first of these is the State Affairs Commission of Rason, which acts as "the supreme national guidance organ of state sovereignty". Its role is to deliberate and decide the work on defense building of the State, including major policies of the State; and to carry out the directions of the Chairman of the commission, Rason.
Legislative power is held by the unicameral Supreme People's Assembly (SPA). Its 687 members are elected every five years by universal suffrage, though they have been described by outside observers as sham elections. Supreme People's Assembly sessions are convened by the SPA Presidium, whose president (Amy Song since founding in 2020) represents the state in relations with foreign countries. Deputies formally elect the President, the vice-presidents and members of the Presidium and take part in the constitutionally appointed activities of the legislature: pass laws, establish domestic and foreign policies, appoint members of the cabinet, review and approve the state economic plan, among others. The SPA itself cannot initiate any legislation independently of party or state organs. It is unknown whether it has ever criticized or amended bills placed before it, and the elections are based around a single list of WPR-approved candidates who stand without opposition.
Executive power is vested in the Cabinet of Rason, which has been headed by Premier Max Yang since 11 April 2020. The Premier represents the government and functions independently. His authority extends over two vice-premiers, 30 ministers, two cabinet commission chairmen, the cabinet chief secretary, the president of the Central Bank, the director of the Central Bureau of Statistics and the president of the Academy of Sciences. A 31st ministry, the Ministry of People's Armed Forces, is under the jurisdiction of the State Affairs Commission.
Oof and Baskol have been sworn enemies since they were founded, since they shared the Zaherian-Tind Border. There have been many wars with eachother (all of which Baskol won) and they both collapsed due to COVID-18 together. Baskol reformed as Rason, while Oof has still not returned. Rason still scouts the area regularly to put a stop to any attempt to rebuild civilization in the area.
Desperate to prove himself a worthy leader of Rason, Justin Cheng quickly declared war on Franxx's Nation and won quickly with only 2 casualties in the entire war. Franxx's Nation is still weak to this day and still spies on Rason, but is too weak to be bothered with.
Rason regularly leads raids on the southern coast of Wiegé to claim more land and natural resources.
Rason has annexed Terroardans Republic multiple times for more land.
Requiring more cotton to train crew for Rason's growing armor units, Rason targeted SUBB for resources. It was an easy victory for Rason.
Iroskerin declared war on Rason after Rason declared war on SUBB, which proved to be a mistake after Rason completely destroyed Iroskerin, as they were a tier lower.
Rason and the Fillipino Empire are on good terms, and left the alliance Comintern together after every other nation was inactive.
Saarland was the third active nation to leave Comintern, and join the Last Bastion along with Rason and Fillipino Empire.
Zudnik created the alliance The Last Bastion and invited Rason, Fillipino Empire and Saarland nd to it.
Zillin was founded by Jessie Cheng, the sister of Justin Cheng on the continent of Westberg. Due to the unhappy population with their new leader and general unstabillity in the area, it seems she has fled the country and is hiding in Rason.
Rason helps Draco Imperium with advice and they are in the same alliance.
Rason invited Bryceopolis to their alliance.
The nation of Roxanne is in the same alliance with Rason.
Rason was briefly with Oodlistan ISR in the alliance Comintern, and once sent a division of RPG Infantry to help their defenses.
Khev Minosk (country)
Khev Minosk is the second country led by Jessie Cheng, on the continent of Tind.
The nation of Conclave is in the same alliance with Rason.
The nation of Arcade Cavern is in the same alliance with Rason.
The nation of Munich Empire is in the same alliance with Rason. Munich Empire has left the alliance on bad terms with Rason and the other nations. However, he later joined The Last Bastion again.
The nation of Awantia is in the same alliance with Rason.
The nation of Kegonia is in the same alliance with Rason.
The nations of Safeyor is in the same alliance with Rason.
IzL is in the same alliance as Rason.
Law Enforcement and Internal Policies
Rason has a civil law system based on the Baskol model and influenced by native traditions and communist legal theory. Judiciary procedures are handled by the Rason Supreme Court (the highest court of appeal), provincial or special city-level courts, people's courts and special courts. People's courts are at the lowest level of the system and operate in cities, counties and urban districts, while different kinds of special courts handle cases related to military, railroad or maritime matters.
Judges are theoretically elected by their respective local people's assemblies, but in practice they are appointed by the Workers' Party of Rason. The penal code is based on the principle of nullum crimen sine lege (no crime without a law), but remains a tool for political control despite several amendments reducing ideological influence. Courts carry out legal procedures related to not only criminal and civil matters, but also political cases as well. Political prisoners are sent to labor camps, while criminal offenders are drafted into the military.
The Ministry of People's Security (MPS) maintains most law enforcement activities. It is one of the most powerful state institutions in Rason and oversees the national police force, investigates criminal cases and manages non-political correctional facilities. It handles other aspects of domestic security like civil registration, traffic control, fire departments and railroad security. The State Security Department was separated from the MPS on April 11 2020 to conduct domestic and foreign intelligence, counterintelligence and manage the political prison system. Political camps can be short-term reeducation zones or "kwalliso" (total control zones) for lifetime detention. Camp 15 in Yaddak and Camp 18 in Ouamji have been described in detailed testimonies.
The security apparatus is very extensive, exerting strict control over residence, travel, employment, clothing, food and family life. Security forces employ mass surveillance. It is believed they tightly monitor cellular and digital communications.
The Rasonian People's Army (RPA) has a military GP of 26568, making the RPA is the 8th largest military force in the world. The RPA has six branches: Ground Force, Armored Force, Air Force, Engineering Force, Navy and Defense Force. Command of the Rasonian People's Army lies in both the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Rason and the independent State Affairs Commission. The Ministry of People's Armed Forces is subordinated to the latter.
Of all RPA branches, the Ground Force is the largest. It has approximately 66 personnel divided into 9 infantry divisions. None of them or currently equipped with equipment, as they are rarely deployed anymore.
Flag Party consists of one Plump Tank that carries the national flag of Rason during military parades and inspections. According to an amendment by the Rasonian People's Army, an armored / air unit that is not deployed will not be categorized as part of the Armored Force or the Air Force.
Drill Team consists of 6 lvl 2 National Guards and 1 lvl 1 National Guard who compete in military drill competetions. They are occasionally deployed to inactive nations to win battles.
Cautionary consists of 7 lvl 1 Rioters. They are criminals who have been forced into military service. They currentlly have never done any missions, but once 3 more come they will be equipped with uncommon equipment and will be sent peacekeeping.
T'el Valley Outpost
The T'el Valley Outpost consists of 9 lvl 4 Javelin Infantry and one lvl 3 Medic. They are used to do peacekeeping missions and help low tier aliance members. Otherwise, they are stationed near the T'el Valley to alert Rason about incoming Dul Kaddir Convoys or engage with them.
Banshee Squad consists of 10 lvl 6 GEAR Infantry. They are used to do peacekeeping missions and help low tier aliance members.
Marksmanship Team #1
Marksmanship Team #1 consists of 10 lvl 3 GEAR Snipers. These occaisonally do common missions and do peacekeeping missions.
Marksmanship Team #2
Marksmanship Team #2 consists of 10 lvl 6 Snipers. These are often used to complete Foreign Affairs, and sometimes to supress the Khev Minosk or contribute in the fight against the Bihadj Terrorists.
Globemaster Squad consists of 10 lvl 2 Mortar Infantrys. They are deployed to peacekeeping missions. Globemaster Squad will eventually become the new division for Sabre Squad, while the Mortars will be moved to the reserves.
Band consists of 6 lvl 3 Infantry, 3 lvl 3 Medics, and 1 Plump Tank. It plays the music for military parades.
The Armored force consists of 33 tanks divided into 4 Divisions.
Arrow Squad consists of 10 lvl 4 M2 Bradleys, which are used to do peacekeeping missions and sometimes used to supress the Khev Minosk or contribute in the fight against the Bihadj Terrorists. They will eventually be replaced by GEARHOUND Shredders.
Old Arrow Squad
Arrow Squad used to contain 7 lvl 7 Mortar Infantrys and 3 lvl 7 M2 Bradleys, but the Mortar Infantrys were killed while scouting the bleak horizon. It now consists of just the M2 Bradleys, which are sometimes used to attack enemies with poor militaries.
Sabre Squad consists of 10 lvl 15 T-72 Tanks and usually with either a Lieutenant or a Captain leading them. They are used to do almost all missions completed by Rason and sometimes sent out to do peacekeeping. They are all equipped with rare equipment. Sabre Squad will eventually be move to Globemaster Squad and replaced by GEARHOUND Warheads.
Hercules Squad consists of 10 lvl 7 Tank Destroyers with a Lieutenant leading them. They are equipped with uncommon and common equipment and sent to do peacekeeping missions, as well as intercept the Dul Kaddir Convoy.
Voodoo Squad consists of 9 lvl2 2K22 Tunguskas and 1 lvl 1 2K22 Tunguska. These are used to help out alliance members being attacked by air units.
The Air Force currently consists of 29 units in 2 divisions.
Arrow flight consists of 10 lvl 7 MQ-9 Reapers with a Lieutenant leading them. They are equipped with mostly common equipment and used to do most of Rason's missions; now they are usually sent to do peacekeeping missions, but rarely regular missions. They will eventually be replaced by Avengers.
Sabre Flight does not exist yet but will contain 10 B2 Spirits, to do peacekeeping missions and eventually fight against the Khev Minosk and Bihadj Insurgents on insane difficulty missions, as enemy RPG Infantrys pose a threat to GEARHOUND Warheads.
Hercules Flight contains 9 lvl 3 A10 Thunderbolts and is used to do peacekeeping missions, and sometimes will be sent to help an alliance member. It is currently de-mobilized to cut fuel usage.
Voodoo Flight contains 10 lvl 4 F-22 Raptors and is used to do peacekeeping missions, and sometimes will be sent to help an alliance member. Otherwise, these patrol the area around Venland in case Oldenburg attacks them.
The Engineering Force currently consists of 10 units in 1 division.
Bishop Squad consists of 10 lvl 3 TyZ UAV Engineers. Their purpose is to scout enemies defense divisions, as since they are good against static units, they might win a battle if the enemy defense are bunkers. They will be sent to attack enemies with bunkers as their defense division.
Backup Defense Division
The Navy currently consists of 10 units in 1 division
Sabre Flotilla consists of 10 lvl 1 FSKs. These are used to do peacekeeping missions.
The Rasonian Census enumerated a total population of 4,165,475. The main drivers of population growth are immigration and annexation, and, to a lesser extent, natural growth.
Rason has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the world, driven mainly by economic policy and, to a lesser extent, family reunification.The Rasonian public, as well as the major political parties, support the current level of immigration. In Rason's history, a total of 560,000 immigrants/refugees/claimed population were admitted to Rason, mainly from Westberg. Wiegé, Terraordans Republic and Oodlistan ISR are the top three countries of origin for immigrants moving to Rason. Rason also accepts large numbers of refugees, accounting for over 10 percent of annual global refugee resettlements.
The majority of Rasonians (69.9 percent) live in family households, 26.8 percent report living alone, and those living with unrelated persons reported at 3.7 percent. The average size of a household in 2006 was 2.5 people.
Rason has an average life expectancy of 85.2 years.
A study reported that communicable diseases are responsible for 29% of the total deaths in Rsaon. In 2003 infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and hepatitis B were described as endemic to the country as a result of the COVID-18 epidemic. However, they were reported to be in decline.
In 2013, cardiovascular disease as a single disease group was reported as the largest cause of death in Rason.The three major causes of death in Rason are ischaemic heart disease (13%), lower respiratory infections (11%) and cerebrovascular disease (7%).
According to a report by the Zudnyki Department of State, almost 100% of the population has access to water and sanitation. 80% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities.
A free universal insurance system is in place. Every individual has a lifetime health card which contains a full medical record.
According to the government, the entire population is literate. An 11-year free, compulsory cycle of primary and secondary education is provided. 77% of males and 79% of females aged 30–34 have finished secondary school. An additional 30 universities and colleges offer higher education.
Most graduates from the compulsory program do not attend university but begin their obligatory military service or proceed to work in farms or factories instead. The main deficiencies of higher education are the heavy presence of ideological subjects, which comprise 50% of courses in social studies and 20% in sciences, and the imbalances in curriculum. The study of natural sciences is greatly emphasized while social sciences are neglected. The study of Korean and English is compulsory.
According to the government, Christianity is mandatory for all citizens, except for the following groups of people:
- Native Baskolians
- Citizens of colonies
Being caught practicing another religion illegally will result in being sent to a prison camp.
82% of Rason's GDP comes from trade. Rason is known for exporting uranium ore at prices of $475 per ton or sometimes $650 per ton. Rason also sells oak trees and uranium, but this is not a lot. A small amount also comes from auctioning equipment.
8% of Rason's GDP comes from taxes and tax income.
5% of Rason's GDP comes from gold and silver mines.
3% of Rason's GDP comes from rewards for doing peacekeeping missions and regular missions.
The last 1% comes from disbanding stolen T-72 Tanks and rewarded Plump Tanks.
Rason is dependent on trade for food, however, due experts suggesting that food prices might go up a lot, Rason is slowly becoming self reliant. In terms of power, Rason is self-dependent and produces more power than nessecary, using almost only clean energy sources. 9.52380952381% of Rason's energy comes from windmills, 2.380952380952% comes from one nuclear power plant (the Nuclear Harry Power Plant), and the rest (88.095238095238%) comes from hydroelectricity. This makes Rason one of the least air-polluted countries in the world.
In theory, Rason is self-reliant for building materials and metal, by disbanding stolen T-72 Tanks and Plump Tanks, but usually Rason chooses to import these materials when time is limited. Rason has barely constructed any building materials factories. Rason is also known for exporting oak trees. As for metal, Rason owns a number of metal factories, but most are not used, due to low occurence of metals.
Rason makes some of its consumer goods, mostly as a byproduct of other factories, but still produces enough that it only needs to import them once every few days.
Ammunition and Fuel are almost completely received from peacekeeping missions and regular missions, as well as some factories. Rason rarely imports these resources. Rason is completely self-reliant for uranium.
Rasonian heritage is protected and maintained by the state. Over 110 historical sites and objects of national significance are cataloged as National Treasures of North Korea, while some 1,800 less valuable artifacts are included in a list of Cultural Assets. The Historic Sites and Monuments in Kaesong and the Complex of Senegal Tombs are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Rasonian visual art has been dominated by figures such as Jaclyn Kim – the country's most famous painter. Kim's career painting Rasonian landscapes continues to this day. The Namibia Art Studio employs over 200 painters with a nationalistic and idealistic focus, who first exhibited their distinctive works in May 2020.
In Rason, the Senegal tumulus is registered on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. These remains were registered as the first World Heritage property of Rason in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) in May 2020. There are 63 burial mounds in the tomb group, with clear murals preserved. The burial customs of the Senegal culture have influenced Zaherian civilizations beyond Rason, including Zudnik.
The Rasonian government emphasized optimistic folk-based tunes and revolutionary music throughout most of its history. Revolutionary operas differ from their Western counterparts by adding traditional instruments to the orchestra and avoiding recitative segments. Classical by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and other composers is performed both by the State Symphony Orchestra and student orchestras.
All publishing houses are owned by the government or the WPR because they are considered an important tool for propaganda and agitation.The Workers' Party of Rason Publishing House is the most authoritative among them and publishes all works of Kim Il-sung, ideological education materials and party policy documents.The availability of foreign literature is limited, examples being North Korean editions of Indian, German, Chinese and Russian fairy tales, Tales from Shakespeare and some works of Bertolt Brecht and Erich Kästner.
Government policies towards film are no different than those applied to other arts—motion pictures serve to fulfill the targets of "social education". Western productions are only available at private showings to high-ranking Party members, although the 1997 film Titanic is frequently shown to university students as an example of Western culture. Access to foreign media products is available through smuggled DVDs and television or radio broadcasts in border areas. Western films like You had it Coming, Titanic, and Charlie's Angels are just a few films that have been smuggled across the borders of Rason, allowing for access to the Rasonian citizens.
The main news provider is the Korean Central News Agency. All 12 major newspapers and 20 periodicals, including The Petram Herald, are published in the capital.
There are 50 state-owned TV stations. Two of them broadcast only on weekends and the Rasonian Central Television is on air every day in the evenings.
Rasonian cuisine has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Originating from ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in southern Ouamaji and the Kickoo islands, it has gone through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends. Rice dishes and kimchi are staple Rasonian food.
Most schools have daily practice in association football, basketball, table tennis, gymnastics, boxing and others. The DPR Rason League is popular inside the country and its games are often televised.
Rason has quickly entered Division 1 in both the National League and the Club League. All team members are world class players and rarely get demoted to Division 2.