South Vietnam was a state which governed southern Vietnam until 1975. It received international recognition in 1950 as the “State of Vietnam” (1949–55) and later as the “Republic of Vietnam” (1955–75). Its capital was Saigon. The terms “South Vietnam” and “North Vietnam” became common usage in 1954 at the time of the Geneva Conference, which partitioned Vietnam into communist and non-communist zones at the 17th parallel. [Source: Wikipedia]

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