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Communism was a political ideal that was embraced by a number of nation states on Earth during the 20th and 21st centuries. The most notable of those were the Soviet Union and People's Republic of China.

Communism was a political ideology that purported to create an economic system of equality for all people in the interests of personal freedom. While this was the intent of its founder, Karl Marx, Communism was later perverted into an authoritarian ideology in the states where it was implemented. During the latter half of the 20th century, the competition between liberal democracy-capitalism and communism constituted the Cold War.

In the United States of America and a number of other nations, pejorative slang terms came into popular use for people who were proponents of communism, which included "pinko", "red" and "commie." When Captain Benjamin Sisko was experiencing visions sent by the Prophets, the character of Douglas Pabst had insinuated that Herbert Rossoff was a proponent of communism. (DS9 episode & novelization: Far Beyond the Stars) Similarly, Professor Eugene Eckhart accused Gary Seven of being a communist, along with all opponents of the Vietnam War. (TOS - Star Trek: Assignment: Earth comic: "My Name Is Legion")

By the late 20th century, the shortcomings of Soviet style communism became apparent - the country was suffering economic hardship brought on by extensive military spending and inefficiencies of central economic planning. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev began a program of perestroika, or "restructuring," to liberalize the Soviet Union - which was to include the elimination of corruption, simplification of bureaucracy, and production improvements. Hardliners in the Soviet government attempted to roll back the reforms by staging an attempted coup in late 1991, which failed within a few days when the leaders of the coup were unable to consolidate power. After the coup was defeated, many of the Soviet Union's constituent members began to assert their independence, and the Soviet Union was dissolved on 25 December 1991. (TOS novel: Probe)

At the least, some of the ideals of communism survived in Russia into the 23rd century. When the senior staff of the late starship USS Enterprise traveled back in time to 1986, Pavel Chekov explained to Admiral Kirk that they would not have needed money if they landed in Russia. Several bystanders overheard Chekov apparently praising communism, leading one bystander to mutter that Chekov was a "...pinko commie exchange student." At this point, Kirk cautioned Chekov to not antagonize the Americans of the time by praising communism in their presence. (TOS novelization: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

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Communism is a political ideology and a specific branch of socialism. It generally seeks to establish a future classless, stateless social organization based upon common ownership of the means of production (in some ways, not unlike Doozers). Though it has its roots in the writings of Karl Marx, Communism has taken many forms, and is always set up in stark contrast to capitalism.

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  • In a Wilkins Coffee commercial, Wilkins, in Soviet Russia, asks for Party Line Coffee. Wontkins suggests Wilkins Coffee, and is upbraided as a traitor for selling "capitalist coffee." Wilkins then surreptitiously orders two pounds of Wilkins, to be sent through the back door.
  • In a 1971 editorial from Louisiana newspaper The Councillor, a critic accused Sesame Street of being radical and pro-Communist, claiming that the show introduces "tots to real live Reds, and sugarcoats those Reds to make them look like good guys. An excellent example is Pete Seeger...."
  • China has been a Communist nation since 1949, although its form has been modified somewhat in recent decades.
  • The Creature Shop TV movie Animal Farm is adapted from George Orwell's political allegory, satirizing Communism and how its theories are belied in practice.
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Communism was a military, and cultural governing system on Earth in the 20th and 21st century, originating from Karl Marx, but was made known mostly by the Soviet Union by Vladmir Lenin and his "Bolshevik" Party. Communism was ultimately dissolved in 1992 in most nations of Earth from the result of the Cold War. The only other countries to survive as a Communist state were North Korea; China; Laos; Vietnam and Cuba. There were also underground neo-communist groups remaining as far as at least the mid-22nd century. Neo-Communist hard-liner, Vladimir Koslov, and a neo-communist movement called the "Koslovics" fought against the United Nations during the Interplanetary War of 2160 - 2164, and ultimately lost. [1]

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