-> ''"For as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a critic and must remain so if he does not wish to lose his means of livelihood; [[PursueTheDreamJob while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow]], to hunt in the morning, to fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, [[WideEyedIdealist just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic]]."''
-->-- '''Creator/KarlMarx''', Proponent of this trope

->''"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."''
-->-- '''Creator/CSLewis''', Opponent of this trope

Countries, sometimes fictitious, ruled by communist regimes. As a rule of thumb, these tend to be what happens to {{Ruritania}} when PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny is installed there.

These places are often pretty depressing, dominated by dilapidated concrete architecture, people wearing drab Commie clothing and probably even the weather cold and rainy (unless it's some place like Cuba, when this trope [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] BananaRepublic). Basic utilities are substandard, there are [[BlackMarketProduce shortages of almost everything]] ([[PropagandaMachine but the news service is all too happy to inform you]] [[WorstNewsJudgmentEver that a local foundry has just cast its 500,000th ton of raw steel]]) and what little consumer goods are produced are absolute rubbish, [[TheAllegedCar especially the cars]]. However, a foreigner will be glad to find out his spare change [[RidiculousExchangeRates is quite a sum in local currency]]. Locals, besides the clothing, tend to be TheEeyore or ApatheticCitizens, with possibly the only exception being GallowsHumour (often of RussianReversal variety). Which means it's no wonder they tend to be very keen on [[DrowningMySorrows alcohol]]. There's no free speech, either. [[SarcasmMode On the up side]], there's always [[SecretPolice someone]] [[BigBrotherIsWatching caring for you]], and frequent [[MillionMookMarch public festivities]]. You can as well expect secret weapons facilities (especially in the biological field of WMD).

In Eastern Bloc portrayals during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Commie Lands will undoubtedly be portrayed as flawless considering that media workers in the nation could easily get in trouble for creating anything that resembled dissent. Post-UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the ex-Eastern Bloc countries will portray their former regimes as heartless dictatorships, or if WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell is in effect, regimes that had a good idea but squandered to bring it into fruition. (Film/GoodByeLenin is a great example of this kind of portrayal.)

Since the USSR was the one calling the shots for the most part, it tends to be the default CommieLand while UsefulNotes/EastGermany also gets a lot of portrayal for being a spy hotzone (and in media tends to avoid the error that Communism=Russians). The other "middle" Eastern Bloc countries may come about when trying to depict a pretty poor and depressing place for the protagonist to infiltrate (With varying accuracy considering that some of these non-major Eastern Bloc countries like Czechoslovakia and Hungary had a relatively high standard of living). Those in the mood for making a war film will use Vietnam, where CommieLand is ripe with militias waiting to ambush capitalist soldiers.

As of now, China is probably the go to example for this trope, although China's economy has reformed greatly since TheGreatPoliticsMessUp.

After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, Commieland usually returns to its {{Ruritania}}n heritage, essentially mixing the worst aspects of the old and the new and becoming a place of rampant crime and predatory capitalism (see UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia).

Compare and contrast {{Eagleland}}, {{Ruritania}} and BananaRepublic.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' is set in post-Cold War Germany and the Czech Republic, and is up to its ears with DirtyCommies and the [[{{Tykebomb}} tykebombs]] they created.
* ''GargantuaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' has this under Kugel's command: A nation where free enterprise is abolished, along with even money, putting it on par with Red Khmer Cambodia. Everyone is assigned work by the leadership, whose plan is everything. Happiness is defined as working for the common good, which is defined by the leadership. This is also what the Galactic Alliance of Mankind has become.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* Brutopia in stories of the ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' written by Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Bulgaria as depicted in Creator/BruceCampbell's ''Film/ManWithTheScreamingBrain.''
* Many ''Film/JamesBond'' films, usually as Russia, but sometimes another country like UsefulNotes/EastGermany, Czechoslovakia or China.
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' has [[Creator/TomHanks Viktor Navorski]] and his former homeland [[{{Ruritania}} Krakhozia]].
* When the crew of ''Film/EuroTrip'' gets to Bratislava, the way the city's shown seems to invoke this trope. That said, even in-story it isn't (it's post-Commieland at closest, guessing by the hotels and nightlife).
* Costa-Gavras's film ''Film/TheConfession'' depicts 1950s Czechoslovakia this way. Its protagonist (Yves Montand) is a government official who is arrested for and falsely convicted of espionage and treason. Inspired by the 1952 Slánský trial; Montand's character [[AnonymousRinger is based on Artur London]].
* Played to the hilt in ''Film/{{Ida}}'', a 2014 film from Poland set in the Poland of 1961. The weather is rainy and dreary. People seem mostly depressed. The buildings are crumbling, with paint peeling everywhere. Communist propaganda plays on the radio. The film was [[DeliberatelyMonochrome shot in black and white]], which adds to the downer mood.
* ''Film/TopSecret'': Parodied by [[CommieNazis combining the communists with the Nazis]]. The East German "national anthem" even includes lyrics about trying to escape not being a bright idea if you value your life.
* ''Film/TheFiremensBall'': A Commie Land movie made, remarkably, inside Commie Land--namely, Czechoslovakia 1967--portraying the authorities as bumbling incompetents and society in general as hopelessly corrupt. Made during the period of liberaliziation in Czechoslovakia that peaked with the Prague Spring of 1968 and was ended decisively by the arrival of Soviet tanks that year. Thereafter banned in Czechoslovakia until the VelvetRevolution and the fall of Communism in 1989.
** Similarly to ''The Firemen's Ball'', ''Film/ManOfIron'' is a movie about Commie Land made inside Commie Land during a thaw, this one being made in Poland in 1981 after the government recognized the Solidarity union. The film depicts the battle of the workers of Solidarity for human rights and reforms, as well as the StateSec that oppose them at every turn. Also similar to ''The Firemen's Ball'', this film was banned in its country after a repressive crackdown, only to be seen again after 1989.
* ''Film/VirtualCombat'': The bad guy briefly mentions a foreign state known as the "People's Republic of England".
* ''Film/EastWest'': A grim portrait of life in the Soviet Union after World War II, as seen through the eyes of a French woman who accompanied her Russian husband back home, only to suffer under Stalinist terror.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Two of Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn's (who used to live in the Soviet labor camps himself) books, ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', which is a historical fiction based on experience in the camps, and ''Literature/TheGulagArchipelago'', which is a non-fiction history of the Soviet labor camps.
* Just about every Creator/AynRand [[AuthorTract book]] features some manner of socialist dystopia, which is [[FreudianExcuse probably due]] to her being from an actual Commieland (Russia) and having had the misfortune of being wealthy when the revolution came.
* Creator/TerryGoodkind's ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Faith of the Fallen]]'', being inspired by Rand's work, involves the protagonist being forced to live in a collectivist dystopian city of TheEmpire (though their economy is ''worse'' than real communism).
* Malcolm Bradbury's ''Rates of Exchange'' is a comic account of a professor's lecture tour in "Slaka". Among other things, the government is undergoing an internal shakeup which the professor never learns much about. All the signs in the local language are changed to a new spelling system (and then, a week later, changed back), certain people are suddenly promoted as heroes, and then a week later never mentioned again. Bradbury also wrote the country's tourist promotion brochure, ''Why Come to Slaka?''


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Klingons on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' were supposed to be like this, but that didn't exactly pan out. The Romulans were later developed in TNG as being similar to commie land. The Borg Collective is a techno-cyborg version.
* A frequent setting in ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harm goes twice to China and twice to Cuba on the show.
* ''Series/TheAmericans'' includes sequences set in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. While the citizens are no more or less sympathetic than Americans, the nation itself is portrayed as more poor and more politically corrupt than America, which is essentially TruthInTelevision.
* Series/{{Amerika}}...sorry, America has become this trope in this AlternateHistory mini-series of TheEighties, run down by years of collectivisation and Soviet asset-stripping, [[ResistanceIsFutile dominated]] by SecretPolice and StateSec.

[[folder: Multiple Media ]]

* The American agents of nearly all older {{Spy Drama}}s get sent there at least once.
* ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' has the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica successor state]] The People's Collective (covering most of the territory of former Iowa). The name is kind of a giveaway. [[DeconstructorFleet In a slight twist]], it's ruled by a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ''Christian'' communist regime]] (Christian communism is a real thing, but has never really caught on beyond small communities).


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Tsoska, an EldritchLocation created from disproven thought and symbolizes {{Dystopia}}s as a whole, is quite literally made of this trope, thanks to the influence of Western perceptions of the Soviet Union; while there's a lot of fascism, a bit of nazism and general despotism influencing it, the most vivid dystopia in most minds is a Soviet-style nation, and thus that's what it most resembles.
* Played very much for laughs in TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'s ''The People's Glorious Revolutionary Adventure''. Normally, the players lived in the Computer-controlled Alpha Complex as (semi-)loyal Troubleshooters; in TPGRA, they lived in the Communist-controlled Alpha ''State'' as (semi-)loyal Smershoviks. Everything was, of course, RED clearance (though [[Literature/AnimalFarm some things were more RED than others]]), and everyone had big bushy beards and were to be [[FunetikAksent speakink in thick Russian accent]]. [[HappinessIsMandatory Depression is being mandatory!]] [[TheComputerIsYourFriend Tovarich Computer is your Tovarich]]!
** Ironically, while Friend Computer is characterised by a violent paranoid hatred of all things Communist (at least, according to its rather warped understanding of communism), the society of Alpha Complex is itself heavily organised around ideals and structures very similar to those of Communism.


[[folder: Video games ]]

* ''VideoGame/ColdWar'' centers around an American trapped in one of these.
* The Malden islands and the Republic of Nogova in ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint'' are former {{Commie Land}}s, which managed to split from the USSR in the 70s and 80s.
* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani in ''ARMA : Armed Assault''. Chernarus in ''ARMA II'' is [[UsefulNotes/HoleInFlag a former]] Commieland, with one of the factions in the game wanting to restore the past regime.
* Novistrana from ''VideoGame/RepublicTheRevolution'' is a post-Soviet state currently ruled by a "democratically elected" PresidentForLife, with all due consequences for its [[PoliceState social order]].
* Arstotzka of ''[[VideoGame/PapersPlease Papers, Please]]'', and possibly some of its neighbors.
* The ''VideoGame/CrisisOfTheConfederation'' mod for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' has the People's State of Strugatsky, a periphery state founded on the belief that old Russia's downfall began with its abandonment of socialism. It's one of the members of the Orion League, an alliance of states fighting for independence against an increasingly corrupt Terran Confederation.
* Rare [[GreyAndGrayMorality possibly]] benign example in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', with the Free Drones. The Free Drones are headed by Foreman Domai, an Australian mining expert who was forced into being a drone in the [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill Human Hive]] shortly after planetfall due to cryopod-induced brain damage, and subsequently led a successful rebellion after regaining his higher mental faculties. Domai wants to form a socialist nation-state where nobody is segregated by class and everyone works collectively for the greater good, and in turn, the state provides... or it at least tries to. They have a strong industrial bonus due to a population composed almost entirely of expert craftsmen and skilled workers, but [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons they suffer a penalty to scientific research]], which lends them towards ZergRush tactics with inferior units. [[GaiasLament They can't use Green economics either]].
** Speaking of, the Human Hive headed by [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Chairman Yang]] is an undeniably more malicious version, borrowing a lot from Marxist principles, Nietzsche, and Confucianism to produce a strongly collectivist society where all individuality is given up and citizens are subsumed into working and sacrificing themselves for the good of their society and species.
* ''VideoGame/KaiserreichLegacyOfTheWeltkrieg'' depicts an alternate interwar period after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI a Central Powers victory in 1921]]. Devastated by the war and losing much of their overseas empires, France and later Britain fell to socialist revolutions fuelled by working-class anger against the establishment and bitterness towards the victorious German Empire. Interestingly, Russia is ''not'' this trope; the Bolsheviks were defeated by the White Army with German intervention, and Russia is currently a constitutional republic.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Scundia becomes a commie land in the Godslayer era after the Proninist Party has conquered it.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17474_the-7-most-unintentionally-hilarious-g.i.-joe-characters.html This]] article on {{Website/Cracked}} (about ridiculous ''G.I.Joe'' action figures) parodies this trope by mentioning that villain Darklon originates from "the kingdom of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darklonia]], a nebulous [[DirtyCommunists Eastern Bloc]] nation sharing its borders with [[PunnyName Borovia]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Madeupbullshitistan]]".
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. In the episode "How to Control Freaks", Spike makes an aside comment about Equestria, the setting of the series, being a communist dictatorship. He also implies that the protagonist, Twilight, is [[FullCircleRevolution trying to replace it with a fascist dictatorship]].
* In ''Literature/TheFalconCannotHear'', one of the major factions in the Second American Civil War is the American Soviet Republic, a Stalinist state controlling everything from Chicago to New York City, and is backed by the USSR. [[spoiler: Their East Coast forces, more Trotskyist in nature, [[ChummyCommies get along better with the democratic Provisional Government]] than with the ASR's leadership, and eventually break away.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Pottsylvania in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* Thembria as seen in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.


[[folder: Real life ]]

* During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] and its satellite states (e.g. UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Albania}}, UsefulNotes/{{Angola}}, UsefulNotes/{{Benin}}, UsefulNotes/{{Bulgaria}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}}, Congo-Brazzaville, [[UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic Czecho]][[UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}} slovakia]], UsefulNotes/EastGermany, UsefulNotes/{{Ethiopia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Eritrea}}, UsefulNotes/{{Gabon}}, Guinea, UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}}, UsefulNotes/{{Mongolia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Mozambique}}, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}, UsefulNotes/{{Poland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Somalia}}, Tanzania, Togo, and [[UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}} South Yemen]]) were this. The degree of their "commieness" (read: repression and depression for capitalist audiences or adherence to Marxist theory for communist audiences) depends: Czechoslovakia was relatively liberal and developed; Romania and Albania were Orwellian-like. The USSR was very developed on the other hand, but not as politically liberal as other Eastern Bloc states.
** UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}} was an odd case; it was not a part of the Warsaw Pact nor had a close relationship with the Soviet Union (it was part of the Non-Aligned Movement), and the country was rather socially and politically liberal (it maintained healthy relations with capitalist countries and some greater freedoms for its people were granted within). However, the government was still controlled by the Communist Party (which it masked by rotating their leaders, unlike the Soviet Union) and most people still associated it as Communist anyway although it's interesting to note that much of the economy relied on co-ops and self-management, which Titoists claim was the closest implementation of Marx's vision in existence. Not helping is it being located in a sea of commies and it being majority Slavic ([[CriticalResearchFailure in the public's mind Slavs = Commies]]). Then there's the case of UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars that erupted after it broke up...
* Today, this trope can apply to UsefulNotes/{{China}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, UsefulNotes/{{Laos}}, UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, and, UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}, though all except for North Korea (which ironically is the only one having dropped the Commie label in favor of Juche, which political theorists believe is more akin to fascism given its adherence to Korean racial supremacy) have adopted quasi-market economies, with varying degrees of success and implementation. China for example has been called state capitalist since it underwent reform after Mao to create a massive market economy with the Communist party in full control, while Cuban markets are dominated by the state with some worker controlled co-ops to form an unremarkable economy, but still managing to score very high on the Human Development Index. As for North Korea...well, there's a reason that Creator/ChristopherHitchens called it the most true-to-the-book [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Oceania]] to ever exist in the whole universe...