->''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'''

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 [[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]] [[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]]. TalkingIsAFreeAction doesn't apply (in the literal sense) here. [[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).

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 TheNewRussia).

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

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[[folder: Comic ]]

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

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Bulgaria as depicted in Creator/BruceCampbell's ''Film/ManWithTheScreamingBrain.''
* Many ''Film/JamesBond'' films, usually as Russia, but sometimes another country like 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).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* GeorgeOrwell's Oceania of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] is an archetypal one.
* Two of AleksandrSolzhenitsyn's (who used to live in the Soviet work camps himself) books, ''OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', which is a historical fiction based on experience in the camps, and ''TheGulagArchipelago'', which is a non-fiction history of the Soviet work 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.
* TerryGoodkind's ''[[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.
* 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?''

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[[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.
* A frequent setting in ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harm goes twice to China and twice to Cuba on the show.

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[[folder: Multiple Media ]]

* The American agents of nearly all older {{Spy Drama}}s get sent there at least once.
* ''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]].

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* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Tsoska is quite literally made of this trope.
* 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 [[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.

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[[folder: Video games ]]

* ''VideoGame/ColdWar'' centers around an American trapped in one of these.
* The Malden islands and the Republic of Nogova in ''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 [[HoleInFlag a former]] Commieland, with one of the factions in the game wanting to restore the past regime.
* Novistrana from ''[[RepublicTheRevolution Republic : The Revolution]]''.
* Arstotzka of ''[[VideoGame/PapersPlease Papers, Please]]'', and possibly some of its neighbors.

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[[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 [[CrowningMomentOfFunny 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]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

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

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