Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Socialist World Map Project - Africa

After much painstaking work, I have finally compiled the socialist map of Africa. Like the previous installment of the western hemisphere, this map displays countries color coded by their degree of socialism (see previous Socialist World Maps). This is based on the platform of the ruling party or coalition of the country in addition to historical tendencies.

Africa was very difficult. First there are a lot of countries in Africa, but more importantly, many nations of Africa are in terrible shape due to the "African World War" in adition to general strife and the legacy of colonialism and the slave trade.

Nevertheless, there is a surprisingly large Marxist community in Africa, with much being centered in south Africa. Ethiopia was a socialist country for many years, but the drought and civil war invovling Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as conflict with Somalia, led to total state collapse in the 1980s and 1990s.

Tunisia and Lybia are classified as socialist because their official government position and economic systems are largely socialist, and after speaking with an Arab friend who has travelled in both countries gave me some insight into what the cultures there are really like.

Socialist World Map - Africa

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