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Socialist Republic of Romania
Republica Socialistă România
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OTL equivalent: Romania plus Moldova
Flag of Romania (1965-1989)
Flag of Romania
Capital
(and largest city)
Bucharest
Language Romanian
President Marius Popescu
Area 272,237 km²
Population 23,015,281 
Currency Leu

As World War II ended, Romania, a former Axis member, was occupied by the Soviet Union, the sole representative of the Allied powers. On 6 March 1945, after mass demonstrations by communist sympathizers and political pressure from the Soviet representative of the Allied Control Commission, a new pro-Soviet government that included members of the previously outlawed Romanian Communist Party was installed. Gradually, more members of the Communist Party and communist-aligned parties gained control of the administration and pre-war political leaders were steadily eliminated from political life. In December 1947, King Michael was induced to abdicate and the People's Republic of Romania was declared. Today, Romania sits firmly within the fold of the Warsaw Pact, and its black sea coast is a popular tourist destination for other pact members.

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