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Stoking the Flames of the National Myth

Thanks to The RegisterEvery nation has one: a founding story, a myth, something approximating a creation story that explains how we got here, why it matters, and most importantly, who we are.   Keeping that myth alive - and mythical - is essential.

North Korea's Pyongyang scientific community stunned the world this week with news that the cave of a legendary unicorn had been found.  Said unicorn once bore the founding king of the Korean Koryo Kingdom, and the legend of that king and his steed are an important part of Korean mythology.

Amazingly, the cave was found just outside of North Korea's capital!  Why does it matter?  Because it makes North Koreans the true descendents of the ancient dynasty, and gives the North Korean leadership under Kim Jong Un somewhat of a claim to a greater sense of legitimacy.  How convenient those scientists found the cave!  And they must not have had to struggle, as the cave was conveniently labeled "Unicorn Lair."  Those clever ancients!

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