South Vietnam: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About the location, size, population, and government of the country South Vietnam.

South Vietnam

Size--66,263 sq. mi. (171,621 sq. km.).

Population--21 million: Vietnamese, 89%; Chinese, 5.6%; Montagnard, 2.9%; Khmer, 2.4%; Cham, 0.1%. Mostly Animist and Buddhist with large Cao Dai and Roman Catholic minorities.

Who Rules--The Revolutionary Government, which is ostensibly a coalition of intellectual, religious, labor, women's, and peasant groups.

Who REALLY Rules--The Revolutionary Government is clearly communist-led, but it tries to maintain the image of a united front. It is probably dominated by the North Vietnamese Lao Dong party, since it has relied upon North Vietnam for 2 decades for external communications, food, and military support (troops and supplies).

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