The Lao People's Democratic Republic is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula. The social state is bounded by Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The capital city is Vientiane. Over 6 million people live there. The official language is Lao.
Laos is the most heavily bombed place by capital as a result of US bombings during the Vietnam War. From 1964 to 1973 over 2 million tons of bombs across Laos and around 30% of them didn't explode.
Laos is one of the world's 5 remaining ‘communist' countries. The other ones are: North Korea, China, Cuba and Vietnam. In 1975 after the civil war, the communist government over threw the monarchy and has been ruling since.The official name became the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the red communist flag with hammer and sickle can usually be seen flying alongside the blue & red flag of Laos.
In MedalBook, Laos is divided into the Kingdom of Laos and the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. For more information, see the time period’s folder.
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