In the alternate reality, no one escapes North Korea. In fact, no one wants to. On the contrary, people around the world want to immigrate to North Korea.
North Korea is a non-democratic state ruled by an ill-tempered Paramount Leader, there are pompous parades featuring nuclear-tipped missiles, no communications with the rest of the world and 10 approved hair styles for men. Yet folks study the Northern dialect of Korean and discuss the ways to get in on the Internet. A few talented ones win the immigration lottery. Brave people risk attempting to cross the mine fields of the DMZ, bribe border guards or sneak in via boat.
Why would anyone want to live in the Hermit Kingdom?
- I don't want a solution that worsens the world e.g. NK is the bulwark of civilization against zombie apocalypse.
- It shouldn't be something too supernatural e.g. a portal to heaven on the Mt Paektu summit; the more mundane the better.