The United Socialist Republics of China and Vietnam, or USRCV, is an Asian socialist state formed in 1972 by the union of the People's Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Currently the third major power in the Cold War, the USRCV is antagonistic to both the United States and the Soviet Union. Its most loyal ally is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
The USRCV also consists of Myanmar, Mongolia and Laos, which joined the Union in the 1970s. Also, Hong Kong and Taiwan, were annexed, but are treated as sovereign province-states, under USCRV control.
The USRCV is holding an open arms race, based on heavily forced industrialization. This resulted in the country having a well-equipped war arsenal, while the majority of its population is suffering from poverty. The race is also prominent in the USRCV space program, which main goal is to challenge the US and USSR space programs.
In 2012, Hsiao-Peng, who continued his predecessor's strict Maoist politics, heightened the heavy arms race, forcing the US and the USSR to make more efforts for avoiding an impending World War III.
In society and culture, the USRCV continued and expanded Mao's program of the "Cultural Revolution". The only cultural texts allowed are those of heavy Maoist propaganda. Classical Chinese and Vietnamese culture, as well as religions such as Christianity and Buddhism were purged and gradually eliminated. USRCV writers, poets, filmmakers and artists must obey the doctrine of "social realism", and are under heavy state censorship. A notable example of an artists' harassment by the state was the execution of film director Zhang Yimou, which resulted in a world-wide scandal. The internet can only be used by the government, connection is banned in the country, with the exception of cultural homes and ministries, where people can gain access to a strictly selected number of propaganda pages.
The USRCV is also known for their numerous political scandals, including the harassment of foreign diplomats and journalists. A well-known incident occurred in 1992, when two British journalists were killed after trying to sneak into forbidden areas to gain information.