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18th May '16 3:59:03 PM Taskmaster123
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** During the late 1990's and the early 2000's, it was not at all uncommon to find active-duty US military personnel who served a good part of their careers during the cold war of the 70's and 80's, and these comparatively young people often found themselves recalling the Cold War with an almost nostalgic fondness. Things were so much simpler back then. ''The mission was to keep the Russians on thier side of the fence.'' No threat of worldwide terrorism, no Homeland Security alerts, no downsizing of the military, no endless series of "peacekeeping" missions in the Middle East...
13th May '16 10:42:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Many people in the former Yugoslavia will, understandably, be nostalgic for the rule of UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito after the [[TheYugoslavWars bloody race wars]] [[CrapsackWorld and economic stagnation of the 90s]].

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* Many people in the former Yugoslavia will, understandably, be nostalgic for the rule of UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito after the [[TheYugoslavWars [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars bloody race wars]] [[CrapsackWorld and economic stagnation of the 90s]].
3rd May '16 5:16:34 PM dotchan
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* An ad for [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain some company]] highlighted the hazards of the crumbling of the Soviet Bloc: it seemed that every second a new country was being formed (or unformed), necessitating new market update reports.
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18th Apr '16 10:17:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Many former Soviet superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, especially ComicBook/IronMan specific enemies created during the cold war -- Titanium Man, The Crimson Dynamo. Even Creator/DCComics gets into it with former teams such as the Rocket Red Brigade.

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* Many former Soviet superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, especially ComicBook/IronMan specific enemies created during the cold war -- Titanium Man, The Crimson Dynamo. (A few of them tried forming teams of good guys like the People's Protectorate and later the Winter's Guard, but as heroes, they just couldn't garner much PopularityPower.) Even Creator/DCComics gets into it with former teams such as the Rocket Red Brigade.


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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Bart and Lisa watching a pro wrestling match with "Rasputin the Friendly Russian". He had formerly been called "Rasputin the Mad Russian", but his name was changed following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It didn't help his popularity at all, it seemed; his much anticipated "wrestling match of the century" ended rather quickly with his opponent hitting him over the head with a wrench.
12th Apr '16 6:23:43 AM kquinn0830
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* As described in [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/01/07/the-top-10-reasons-american-politics-are-worse-than-ever/ this article]], part of the reason the Republican and Democratic parties have become so polarized in the 21st century is because the collapse of the Soviet Union left the government without a common enemy to fight, so the two parties began to turn on each other.
2nd Mar '16 8:16:04 AM pvsage
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* The pilot episode of the X-Files spinoff ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' has the fall of Communism as motivation for a GovernmentConspiracy to manufacture a war against terrorism, a plot that proved to be [HarsherInHindsight shockingly prophetic].

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* The pilot episode of the X-Files spinoff ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' has the fall of Communism as motivation for a GovernmentConspiracy to manufacture a war against terrorism, a plot that proved to be [HarsherInHindsight [[HarsherInHindsight shockingly prophetic].prophetic]].
2nd Mar '16 8:15:06 AM pvsage
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* The pilot episode of the X-Files spinoff ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' has the fall of Communism as motivation for a GovernmentConspiracy to manufacture a war against terrorism, a plot that proved to be [HarsherInHindsight shockingly prophetic].
23rd Feb '16 4:28:03 PM DavidDelony
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* In the years between TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and 9/11, the FBI's counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations were as muddled as America's foreign policy. Where in previous years the FBI concentrated on rooting out Soviet spies, the agency focuses on [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic the militia movement]], [[AnimalWrongsGroup radical environmentalists and animal rights activists]], including allegedly planting a car bomb that severely injured [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judi_Bari Judi Bari]]. 9/11 gave the FBI a clear focus, though the fixation on Arab terrorists has allegedly let domestic terrorists slip through the cracks.

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* In the years between TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and 9/11, the FBI's counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations were as muddled as America's foreign policy. Where in previous years the FBI concentrated on rooting out Soviet spies, the agency focuses focused on [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic the militia movement]], [[AnimalWrongsGroup radical environmentalists and animal rights activists]], including allegedly planting a car bomb that severely injured [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judi_Bari Judi Bari]]. 9/11 gave the FBI a clear focus, though the fixation on Arab terrorists has allegedly let domestic terrorists slip through the cracks.
15th Feb '16 8:25:08 PM DavidDelony
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* Many women's artistic gymnastics fans long for the days when, as they see it, artistry and grace dominated the sport. The Soviets won an unheard-of ''nine'' back-to-back team Olympic gold medals[[note]]the Soviet women took home gold at every Olympics they competed in, not winning in 1984 (Romania won instead) only because of the boycott; their winning streak lasted from 1952 to ''1992''[[/note]], and on any list of the greatest gymnasts of all time, a minimum of seventy percent are guaranteed to be Soviet.[[note]]The others will be Romanian or East German, with maybe ''one'' American (almost certainly Shannon Miller) on the list.[[/note]] The Soviets, with their national training center, massive government funding, thousands of aspiring athletes, and in-house choreographer, emphasized line, artistry, dance, and grace in their gymnastics, and no one will dispute that their routines, and floor exercises in particular, are of a standard that may never be reached again. There is a reason why the Golden Age of Women's Gymnastics is considered to have ended with the 1992 Olympics. But because the government demanded success at any price, the system's TrainingFromHell means that dark brutality lurked in the shadows behind the blazing lights of the Soviet greats, and many of the stories hidden in that darkness would give any parent nightmares.

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* Many women's artistic gymnastics fans long for the days when, as they see it, artistry and grace dominated the sport. The Soviets won an unheard-of ''nine'' back-to-back team Olympic gold medals[[note]]the Soviet women took home gold at every Olympics they competed in, not winning in 1984 (Romania won instead) only because of the boycott; their winning streak lasted from 1952 to ''1992''[[/note]], and on any list of the greatest gymnasts of all time, a minimum of seventy percent are guaranteed to be Soviet.[[note]]The others will be Romanian or East German, with maybe ''one'' American (almost certainly Shannon Miller) on the list.[[/note]] The Soviets, with their national training center, massive government funding, thousands of aspiring athletes, and in-house choreographer, emphasized line, artistry, dance, and grace in their gymnastics, and no one will dispute that their routines, and floor exercises in particular, are of a standard that may never be reached again. There is a reason why the Golden Age of Women's Gymnastics is considered to have ended with the 1992 Olympics. But because the government demanded success at any price, the system's TrainingFromHell means that dark brutality lurked in the shadows behind the blazing lights of the Soviet greats, and many of the stories hidden in that darkness would give any parent nightmares.
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* In the years between TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and 9/11, the FBI's counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations were as muddled as America's foreign policy. Where in previous years the FBI concentrated on rooting out Soviet spies, the agency focuses on [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic the militia movement]], [[AnimalWrongsGroup radical environmentalists and animal rights activists]], including allegedly planting a car bomb that severely injured [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judi_Bari Judi Bari]]. 9/11 gave the FBI a clear focus, though the fixation on Arab terrorists has allegedly let domestic terrorists slip through the cracks.
22nd Jan '16 12:32:26 AM OldBlindTrope
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* Many citizens of old Soviet bloc countries miss Communism because it's what they knew. And it certainly affected a lot of people in various ways. Some see it as their GloryDays.
** It was also the only real source of jobs and food and now there is no infrastructure for a capitalist economy in the region and no one in the countries has the money to fix it.

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* Many citizens of old Soviet bloc countries miss Communism Communism: because it's what they knew. And it certainly affected knew; [[GloryDays because they were important back then]]; or, indeed -- surprisingly enough for a lot of people Western reader -- because they were more prosperous then than they are now.
** Communism, like modern mixed economies
in various ways. Some see it as their GloryDays.
** It was also
the only real source West, provided reliable sources of jobs and food food; and now there is no infrastructure for a capitalist economy in the region and no one in the it kept corruption more or less under control. Many post-Communist countries has no longer have a social safety net at all; nor do they have the money accumulated fiscal capital to fix it.establish and maintain industries, nor the high tariffs that would allow local industry to develop and eventually compete with the West.



** Also, the Soviet Union was big on subsidies of oil, cash and machinery to its client states (Cuba being a notorious example). The end of the system also meant yawning gaps in the economy that the countries had no means of addressing, particularly in the recessions that followed.

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** Also, the Soviet Union was big on subsidies of oil, cash and machinery to its client states states. (Cuba is a famous example; North Korea, which was economically fragile even when it was being a notorious example). subsidized by the Warsaw Pact, actually fell into famine when the subsidies ended in the 1990s.) The end of the system also meant yawning gaps in the economy that the countries had no means of addressing, particularly in the recessions that followed.
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