Communism is a form of government that is unlocked after completing the Class Struggle civic. It focuses primarily on military power and Production. It serves as a counter of sorts to Fascism; whereas Fascism focuses on combat strength and unit production, Communism focuses on defensive strength and all forms of production.
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Karl Marx’s legacy to civilization: communism. In its pure form, communism is a socio-economic system of government built upon the common ownership of production, shorn of class, money, the state apparatus, and most other markers of capitalism. One might consider it the extreme form of socialism, a response to the inequitable economic and social changes triggered by the Industrial Age. There are some advantages to the communist approach: full use of resources (including people), accelerated production and scientific research (as envisioned by the five-year plans), an equitable distribution of wealth (lessening social unrest), rapid response to crises, uniform approaches to the common welfare (health, education, security and the like). At least in theory; in reality communist nations took a detour on the road to utopia.
With the erosion of personal freedoms and a solely materialistic approach to problems, most communist nations fell behind in the race to progress. Didn’t help that the bureaucracy too often proved corrupt and inefficient (in part, due to the apparatus of state security) and that paranoia led to a massive (and expensive) military complex. In the case of Soviet Russia, its avowed aim for a worldwide revolution managed to alienate most other nations. Although the Soviet Union collapsed under economic and social pressures, five neo-communist states survived the upheaval of the 1990s: China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos and Vietnam.