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The flag of Bachuan, symbolizing the struggle between wealthy nobles (the dragon) and the lower classes (the tiger).

Communism is a secular political philosophy practiced primarily in the nation of Bachuan in Tian Xia.1

Communism in Bachuan

First instituted by the peasant-philosopher Grandfather Pei, the tenets of communism center on the equality and comradeship of all humanoids and the struggle between social classes. Following Grandfather Pei's teachings, an army of farmers, miners, and fisherfolk took up arms against their callous imperial rulers and the corrupt priests who helped prop them up. Under the communist government established following the revolution and headed by Pei, all people of Bachuan were declared equal, religion was outlawed, the state assumed communal ownership of all property, and all citizens were expected to share equally in labor and the rewards thereof.2

In practice, the utopian promise of communism proved harder to implement, with growing autocracy, reeducation camps, and ideological purges marking the last years of Pei's life. Most blamed his young and extremely zealous wife Pu Yae Men, better known as Grandmother Pei, for the shift away from her late husband's teachings. Today, Bachuan's government is a perpetrator of frequent state violence and seeks to spread Grandmother's vision of communism throughout Tian Xia, by the sword if necessary.2

Communism elsewhere on Golarion

Kobolds practice a primitive form of proto-communism in which all members of the tribe work and share resources equally. Individual kobolds might have some personal possessions, but anything too large to carry is usually property of the tribe as a whole.3

The town of Abken in Varisia is run in a communist manner, with all citizens treated as a family.4

Communism on other worlds

The nation of Russia on the planet Earth underwent a revolution in 4712 AR, becoming a communist republic.5


  1. Savannah Broadway, Paris Crenshaw, Neall Raemonn Price, David Ross, Owen K.C. Stephens, and James L. Sutter. (2013). Faiths & Philosophies, p. 26. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-543-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 19. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  3. Tork Shaw, Mat Smith, and Jerome Virnich. (2013). Kobolds of Golarion, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-512-9
  4. James L. Sutter. (2012). The Asylum Stone. The Asylum Stone, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-469-6
  5. Adam Daigle and Brandon Hodge. (2013). Guns, Spirits, and Revolution. Rasputin Must Die!, p. 63. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-496-2