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5 Former Socialist Countries

Introduction From the climax of World War 2 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world was notably set into two camps, the Americans and the Soviets. There was arguably a 3rd pact, namely the non-aligned movement, although many members, such as India, Cuba and Egypt, were obviously aligned to one of the two […]

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Socialist Countries: Past, Present and Future

Hammer and sickle, symbol for socialist countries everywhere.

Communist countries? Socialist Countries? Which countries are still socialist and are there any communist countries left in the world? We take an in depth look at the contemporary situation of left-wing countries, socialist countries and ask the big question: Are there any communist countries in the world? Socialism may be something of a far-off concept […]

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Socialist countries: the currencies of socialism

An obsolete North Korean 1000-won bank note

Assuming you’ve never lived (A) in any socialist countries or (B) during the Zimbabwean hyperinflation crisis, then money is a very simple thing. You to work, you get paid at the end of the month, and you blow it all in two weeks. You then live off beans and toast for the last two weeks […]

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Is Syria Socialist? 2022 Guide

You will read and hear a lot about Assad, the Syrian regime and the ongoing war in the country, but is Syria Socialist? This is a very nuanced question that we will delve into. Background to the politics of Syria  The modern Syrian government stetted came into place during the 1963 coup within the country. […]

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Which countries cannot visit North Korea?

which countries cannot visit North Korea

Which countries cannot visit North Korea? The only country that North Korea restricts visitors from is South Korea (the Republic of Korea), whose citizens need special permission (from both governments). There are other countries, such as the USA who ban their citizens from going to the country, although much like Cuba, this is not an […]

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The Story of Kent Cigarettes & Socialist Romania

In 1952, the Lorillard Tobacco Company introduced the first popular filtered cigarette to the world. Known as Kent Cigarettes, in the first four years following its introduction between 1952 and 1956, it’s believed that an estimated 13 billion were sold. In the 1970s and 1980s, they were the subject of an economic enigma in one […]

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7 New Countries You Might See in 2021

Introduction We all like new things, but what about new countries? If you area country collector, what do you do when you run out of countries? Well, you wait for new ones, of course! For regular readers of YPT, you will know that we have more than a passing interest in strange places, unrecognised countries […]

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5 Countries that Used to Exist Part 2

We here at YPT are constantly enthralled at what makes a country and how many actually exist or have existed. Here are five that are no more: 1. Kingdom of Kurdistan In 1922, the Ottoman empire – lying prostrate in the wake of the Great War – was the sick man of Europe. It had […]

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The Five Best Eastern European Countries You’ve Never Thought of Visiting

Romanian-palace

France, Italy, Germany, and their pearly, lavish capitals have been at the top of world travel itineraries for centuries. Of course, these destinations hold enough history, culture and overall beauty to satisfy even the most selective of travelers, there are however places beyond. Places less traveled. Ever since embarking on a backpacking trip of the […]

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5 Countries that Used to Exist (and How to Still Visit Them)

Countries of the world are constantly changing. Where usually we get new countries declaring independence, sometimes countries implode, fall, or are absorbed by other nations. Here are our 5 favourite countries that no longer exist. Plus, how you can actually (kind of) visit them. #5 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia was originality part of another honourable mention ex-country, […]

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