Thousands lined the lane as the parade marched through the Ring into Imperial Outpost One. They watched as columns of high stepping soldiers flanked stoic workers and peasants. Then came the cars, trucks, tractors and tanks. Overhead flew fighter jets and cargo planes.
Even beneath the roar of the airplane engines a cheer rose. The rocket rolled through the Ring next, pulled by an immense machine.
Finally came the Supreme Leader in an armored vehicle. He and his wives smiled and waved.
General Namgung applauded furiously. Hyong clapped politely, ignoring the knot in his stomach that the Supreme Leader inspired.