Epic Orphan Nuclear Weapons Dossier: North Korea

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Greetings, secret agents! As a part of Mission Epic Orphan, our crowdfunding campaign that will help make nuclear risk game Epic Orphan a reality, we would like to share with you declassified information about countries that are actively working with nuclear weapons. This will give you an idea of some of the cases you will work on in Epic Orphan and that are currently facing our world today.

You can help us in the final days of this mission, too! See the redacted information that looks like this:           ?

Do some of your own legwork and tweet us a nuclear weapons fact that you found surprising about this country with the hashtag #EpicOrphan and link to the Kickstarter page for a chance to win passes to next year’s 2017 Games for Change Festival, the annual conference in New York City that celebrates games for social impact. Selected agents’ facts will appear in our updated dossier and will also be commended on our Twitter feed. The Festival passes will be raffled to one agent at the end of our Kickstarter campaign (November 20).

We look forward to your help! Stay tuned for additional dossiers. Good luck, agents!


Country: North Korea
Leader: Kim Jong-un
Nuclear weapons possession since: 2006
Number of weapons in nuclear arsenal: 15-22
Number that are operational: ??

Background: North Korea has been suspected of developing nuclear weapons since the early 1980s. Various attempts have been made by international parties to limit their expansion and nuclear capabilities with undetermined effect.

Additional findings on nuclear arsenal:

  • Total nuclear tests: 5
  • Most recent nuclear test: September 9, 2016
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Known nuclear incidents:

  • North Korea officials report nuclear test with explosive radioactive output. China was reportedly given 20 minute advance notice of testing and question remains as to whether the testing was successfully conducted. (more info)
  • North Korea detonated underground nuclear device along with several nuclear missile tests conducted in Pyongyang. Following the test, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1874 condemning the test and tightening sanctions on the country. (more info)
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