People's Republic

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"People's Republic" is a title used by certain republican states. The term was initially associated with populism (people's movements: Völkisch movement, Narodnik, others). During World War I and its aftermath a number of European territories briefly declared themselves to be "People's Republics". The term eventually became associated with countries adhering to communism or socialism, after the creation of the Soviet Union and People's Republic of China. However, the term is not unique to communist states. Many countries adopted the title given its rather generic nature, like Bangladesh and Algeria, which were founded as liberal republics after popular wars of respective independence.

Marxist–Leninist People's Republics[edit]

The Marxist–Leninist concept of "people's democracy" which developed after World War II allowed in theory for a multi-class, multi-party democracy on the pathway to socialism. Countries which had reached this intermediate stage were called "people's republics".[1] The motivation for using the term "people's republic" lies in the claim that Marxist–Leninists govern in accordance with the interests of the vast majority of the people, and, as such, a Marxist–Leninist republic is a people's republic. Many of these countries also called themselves socialist states in their constitutions; Albania, for instance, used both terms, "socialist" and "people's", in its official name from 1976 to 1991. In the West, countries governed by Marxist–Leninists are referred to as "Communist states", though they never actually used this name for themselves. In the 1990s, many of the People's Republics of Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria) and Mongolia dropped the term and became known simply as "Republics" as they adopted liberal democratic systems of government — the term "People's Republic" being associated with the former Communist governments.

The current nominally communist or socialist states that include the words People's Republic in their full names:

Historical examples include:

Other titles commonly used by Marxist–Leninist and socialist states are Democratic Republic (e.g. the German Democratic Republic or the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia between 1943 and 1946), and Socialist Republic e.g. (the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) and (the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka).

Non-Marxist–Leninist People's Republics[edit]

Founded in socialist ideals, though not necessarily communist:



The following separatist movements have declared People's Republics, but have not received diplomatic recognition from the international community:


Other uses[edit]

The term People's Republic is sometimes used by critics and satirists to describe areas perceived to be dominated by left-wing politics. Some examples are "The People's Republic of New Jersey",[2] the "People’s Republic of California",[3] the "People's Republic of Dublin South-Central",[4] the "People's Republic of South Yorkshire", "The People's Republic of Boulder",[5] and the "People's Republic of Madison".[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ White, Stephen (2002). Communism and Its Collapse. Routledge. p. 13. ISBN 9781134694235. 
  2. ^ Welcome to the People's Republic of New Jersey, Alan Caruba, 28 June 2004,
  3. ^ Roger Hedgecock (14 October 2011). "Dispatch From the People's Republic of California". Human Events. Townhall Media. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
    Michael Levi (4 December 2012). "The People's Republic of California". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Go Local in Boulder". Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Polarisation in the People's Republic of Madison (sic) The Economist. June 5, 2012. Accessed April 19, 2014