Category:Coats of arms of communist states

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With the exceptions of Czechoslovakia and Poland, all Eastern European communist states had coats of arms conforming to the basic pattern of a semicircle of wheat branches, a red star, with symbols of industry such as smokestacks, dams, and roads.

In Asia, Afghanistan, Khmer Rouge's Cambodian regime, People's Republic of China, Laos, Mongolia, North Korea, and Vietnam, all had coats of arms conforming to the Soviet pattern. The marxist government of South Yemen, although it featured a Red Star on its emblem, did not conform to this pattern.

In Africa, the Marxist governments of Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Angola all had coats of arms featuring wheat branches, cog wheels, and weapons.

In the Americas, the communist regimes of Nicaragua and Cuba retained their pre-revolutionary coats of arms.

Following the fall of communism, the post-communist governments of Belarus, Republic of Macedonia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Mozambique, Angola, and Afghanistan, retained the basic shapes and elements of their coats of arms, but without the defining hammer-and-sickle and red star that symbolized marxism.

Of note, the Islamic fundamentalist Afghan Taliban regime kept the wheat branches, but replaced the interior of the coat of arms with religious slogans.

See also: Socialist heraldry


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