An opportunistic coup d’état, followed by decades of economic mismanagement and totalitarianism
Ne Win’s government was a totalitarian regime that took power in 1962, following a brief period of democratic independence following the Second World War. Ne Win took control of the media and nationalised all businesses and means of production, aiming to implement soviet style central planning and nationalisation. This lasted until 1988 and allowed Myanmar to come one of the poorest states in the world. This set the stage for military rule in Myanmar, and keeping the people extremely disenfranchised allowed for subsequent military governments to hold on to a large amount of power, something that continues presently.