Second World Countries
The Second World is a term that refers to former industrial socialist states. This primarily includes the territories that were under the influence of the Soviet Union.
This term was first used during the Cold War era. Along with First World and Third World, the term was one that was used to divide the nations of the world. First World countries during this era were the United States, United Kingdom and their allies, Third World nations were neutral or non-aligned, and Second World nations included the Soviet Union, China and their allies.
Today, the term has changed slightly to describe former communist countries that aren’t quite in poverty but aren’t prosperous either. A term that was originally used to describe political ideologies is now used to define economic states.
The countries that are classified as Second World are, in alphabetical order: