How many countries could remain communist after the end of the cold war?

Right now, there are only a hand full of self-declared "Marxist-Leninist" states that remain after the end of the cold war: China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cuba. This has remained the case since the end of the cold war and especially following the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, is there any potential for other communist states to survive to the present even after the USSR's collapse? If so, which states out there had the best chances? The POD should be any time after Gorbachev's ascension to power.
 
The USSR can always stay at least ideologically close to Marxism-Leninism, even after a collapse of the Warsaw Pact. Their communism will probably have a nationalist flavour which proclaims that the Eurasian people are collective-minded (Sobornost).

If the USSR stays socialist, Mongolia will too. It then borders two socialist states, the USSR and China.

Romania could stay socialist if the Iliescu manages to distance his Romanian Socialism from Ceaușescu.

A reformed Communist Party can also stay in power in Bulgaria, the BSP won the first free elections in 1990.
 
The USSR can always stay at least ideologically close to Marxism-Leninism, even after a collapse of the Warsaw Pact. Their communism will probably have a nationalist flavour which proclaims that the Eurasian people are collective-minded (Sobornost).

If the USSR stays socialist, Mongolia will too. It then borders two socialist states, the USSR and China.

Romania could stay socialist if the Iliescu manages to distance his Romanian Socialism from Ceaușescu.

A reformed Communist Party can also stay in power in Bulgaria, the BSP won the first free elections in 1990.
The USSR and Mongolia I suppose would be a given, but I'm a bit more doubtful of Romania and Bulgaria considering the circumstances of their governments' collapse (especially for Romania).

What about any of the African countries? Could any of them weather out the storm?
 
The USSR and Mongolia I suppose would be a given, but I'm a bit more doubtful of Romania and Bulgaria considering the circumstances of their governments' collapse (especially for Romania).

What about any of the African countries? Could any of them weather out the storm?
The problem with most African countries is that they really weren't orthodox communist, but syncretistic in their ideology - more "African socialism" than Marxist-Leninist communism. Nicaragua too wasn't communist but a form of Latin American socialism.
 
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