TIL In politics and economics, a Potemkin village is any construction (literal or figurative) whose sole purpose is to provide an external façade to a country that is faring poorly, making people believe that the country is faring better.

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  1. Reminds me of that megahotel north korea tried to build in Pyongyang ahead of an exposition they were going to have to showcase how awesome they were doing. But they ran out of money and now its this gigantic concrete monument to a failed nation.

  2. I remember a N. Korean documentary pointed out how they set all this up for the reporter. Talking fake stores with fake merchandise, fake everything. Crazy

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