The Congo, formally referred to as the People's Republic of the Congo (République Populaire du Congo), is a Marxist nations located in central-eastern Africa and is one of the largest states in the entire continent. The nation shares borders with Gabon, the CASR, Sudan, Angola, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Kivu and Ituri. It was one of the only African states to convert to communism before the fall of the United States and NATO, along with Benin, Angola, and Mozambique. It is one of Africa's most stable and most rich nations, with high infant mortality and a rapidly growing literacy rate.
The People's Republic of the Congo was proclaimed in the city of Brazzaville after a coup'detat organized by militant leftists which overthrew the previous government. Marien Ngouabi was installed as military president and introduced numerous socialist policies. Ngouabi was also responsible for forming the Congolese Labor Party after he abolished the national assembly. An attempted coup against the nation occurred in 1972, creating a series of purges against his opposition. This caused protests from numerous human rights groups.
Shortly after the coup, the Congo was put under French pressure to annex the Portuguese exclave of Cabinda. Unlike in OTL, Ngouabi accepted the offer and sent troops to the exclave in early 1973. Due to the turmoil in the region, the Congo was quickly able to annex the exclave, giving the nation great oil supplies but strained ties with Portugal. However, when Angola gained independence in 1975, the nation claimed the entirety of Cabinda, straining ties between the two nations. Some Congolese troops were even sent to aid UNITA in order to oust the current government at that point. In 1978, President Agostinho Neto offered an agreement with the Congo, allowing Angolan access to Cabindan oil in exchange for complete Congolese sovereignty over the region.
Second Congo War
Talks of unifying the two Congolese nations had happened before the war, but shortly after the beginning of the war in 1998, the PRT launched an invasion of the transitional Democratic Republic of Congo in hopes of annexation of the whole nation. Some troops were also sent to support Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in hopes of cementing more alliances within Africa and potentially turning them into Marxist states, which only actually happened in Uganda. They also aided Kivu and Ituri militias, ultimately creating communist puppet states in the eastern region. With the military aid of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi managed to win the war and the Rwandan government at that point still stayed intact, however the Congo encouraged them to deport Tutsi people to the Congo or Tanzania instead of murdering them. The entirety of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was annexed by the Congo excluding the Kivu and Ituri territories, giving the nation a much stronger economy. Angola was ousted, and a centre-right government was established and UNITA took over the nation's government, creating a dictatorship under Jonas Savimbi and eventually Isaías Samakuva after Jonas's passing in 2009.
After the Second Congo War and the annexation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Congo became one of the most stable economies in the entire African continent. Mild skirmishes still do occur in the former DRC territory as well as Cabinda, with various Congolese militias consisting of members from the former DRC and Zairian militaries and members of the FLEC hoping to give their territories sovereignty. The nation enjoys very good ties with the Soviet Union, Uganda, and both Frances. It has a considerable influence over much of Central Africa spreading from Angola to Tanzania.
The government is modeled after that of the Soviet Union, being a Marxist-Leninist single-party state. Democracy isn't very prevalent although reforms done on the country over time have tried to democratize it. Like the USSR, the country has a "supreme leader" esque-figure in the President and the head of state in the Prime Minister. Its government does have slight influences from the government of capitalist France.