The horrific brutality of life in North Korea is laid bare in a UN report, which describes how the state maintains a climate of fear through potential harsh punishments for dissent of the government. The theme of this article directly connects to Harrison Bergeron through the dystopian characteristic that in society, individuality and dissent are bad. In Harrison Bergeron, there is a fear of harsh punishments for not obeying the Handicappers rules. George said, “Two years in prison and two thousand dollars for every ball I took out... I don’t call that a bargain.” He’s afraid of the consequences of taking the literal weights off his shoulders. Similar fear in North Korea is being felt by their citizens because “...authorities are enforcing harsh punishments...” on those who disobey their very strict rules. In both HB and North Korea, the governments do not allow their citizens to have a lot of freedom and if they dissent, they get punished which creates high tensions of fear in society. In response, the citizens give up their individuality and freedom of thought, to not get punished by their cruel governments.