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Laos

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Not as dysfunctional as the Middle East

Laos is a dirt poor country[note 1] in Southeast Asia. Laos is a one-party communist republic, effectively a dictatorship and an oligarchy, and 80% of the population consists of subsistence farmers. The country's primary sources of income are mining and hydroelectric power. As is typical of communist countries, the press is government-run. The economy has been growing rapidly since decentralization in 1986, enough that they opened a stock exchange in 2011.

Relations with other countries[edit]

Laos was once colonized by France, which is why many Laotians speak French natively in addition to speaking Laotian and/or their local language. They gained independence in 1953.

In 1958, North Vietnam invaded Laos to build the Ho Chi Minh trail and remained there for a number of years.[citation needed]

In the early 1960s, the United States recruited Hmong people to battle communist non-Hmong peasants. Then, from 1964 to 1973, as part of the Vietnam War, bombed known and suspected locations of the notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, a supply line from North Vietnam going through Western Laos and Cambodia into South Vietnam. The communists won the civil war anyway in 1975 and extirpated the monarchy.

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  1. So poor that their first bridge was a present from Australia [1]