History UsefulNotes / Slovakia

6th Dec '17 12:41:32 PM SilentHunterUK
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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assassination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.

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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assassination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre).

As if that wasn't badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.
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After a brief transition, during which the renewed government definitely went under the [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviet sphere of influence]], Czech communist leaders seized power in 1948. Czechoslovakia soon became CommieLand via one of the "defenestrations of Prague". TheFifties saw rapid industrialization overseen by local communist governments, but also the [[ReignOfTerror incredibly brutal persecution]] [[ReleasedToElsewhere of clergy, private landowners, dissenting intellectuals]] and the setting up of {{kangaroo court}}s [[UnPerson for pretty much anyone]] [[{{Thoughtcrime}} who looked even vaguely suspicious]] to [[BigBrotherIsWatching the Party]]. Naturally, the PropagandaMachine and PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny tropes were in full force. After 1960, the country's name was officially changed to "The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic" [[SarcasmMode (as if it hadn't been one before)]]. In 1968, Czechoslovakia's leadership decided to liberalize and started making some first steps towards this plan... [[HopeSpot then the Soviets sent in the tanks and put the thing down]]. TheSeventies and TheEighties were [[BigBrotherIsWatching the infamous era of "normalization"]], symbolized by [[ApatheticCitizens resigned and bitter sentiments of the citizens]], who started feeling more and more betrayed by the regime. This period was also the heyday of the ŠTB SecretPolice (pretty much the local cousin of East Germany's Stasi). Tensions increased again in 1988 and 1989, with people fed up by Prague's inability to enact reforms and embrace ''perestroika'' like other WarsawPact countries. The last straw was the adoption of the so-called "[[DystopianEdict baton law]]" in early 1989, which gave state police ridiculous powers to crush public dissent by any means necessary. It was put into motion by riot police during peaceful student demonstrations in November 1989. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain The resulting public outrage led to spontaneous strikes and mass protests of people of all ages]]. The Communist Party was overwhelmed by the protests and forced to abandon their power to a new, democratically elected government, literally overnight.

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After a brief transition, during which the renewed government definitely went under the [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviet sphere of influence]], Czech communist leaders seized power in 1948. Czechoslovakia soon became CommieLand via one of the "defenestrations of Prague". TheFifties saw rapid industrialization overseen by local communist governments, but also the [[ReignOfTerror incredibly brutal persecution]] [[ReleasedToElsewhere of clergy, private landowners, dissenting intellectuals]] and the setting up of {{kangaroo court}}s [[UnPerson for pretty much anyone]] [[{{Thoughtcrime}} who looked even vaguely suspicious]] to [[BigBrotherIsWatching the Party]]. Naturally, the PropagandaMachine and PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny tropes were in full force. After 1960, the country's name was officially changed to "The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic" [[SarcasmMode (as if it hadn't been one before)]]. before)]] or CSSR for short.

In 1968, Czechoslovakia's leadership decided to liberalize and started making some first steps towards this plan... [[HopeSpot then the Soviets sent in the tanks and put the thing down]]. TheSeventies and TheEighties were [[BigBrotherIsWatching the infamous era of "normalization"]], symbolized by [[ApatheticCitizens resigned and bitter sentiments of the citizens]], who started feeling more and more betrayed by the regime. This period was also the heyday of the ŠTB SecretPolice (pretty much the local cousin of East Germany's Stasi). The CSSR decided to honour the 1944 uprising by building a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_SNP rather funny looking bridge]] over the Danube in Bratislava. It wobbles whenever traffic passes over it, which is all the time.

Tensions increased again in 1988 and 1989, with people fed up by Prague's inability to enact reforms and embrace ''perestroika'' like other WarsawPact countries. The last straw was the adoption of the so-called "[[DystopianEdict baton law]]" in early 1989, which gave state police ridiculous powers to crush public dissent by any means necessary. It was put into motion by riot police during peaceful student demonstrations in November 1989. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain The resulting public outrage led to spontaneous strikes and mass protests of people of all ages]]. The Communist Party was overwhelmed by the protests and forced to abandon their power to a new, democratically elected government, literally overnight.



After the turbulent political era of TheNineties, modern Slovakia eventually became prosperous with a steadily growing economy. Of course, not everything is perfect, with various corruption scandals in politics on the local and national level still being a major problem, though recently the situation seems to be improving, with more uncompromising civic activism starting to influence Bratislava. The country has been a member of both UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion and UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} since 2004. In January 2009 it replaced its previous monetary unit, [[http://www.slovensko.com/about/banknotes-coins/ the Slovak crown]], and is now using the euro, unlike the UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic.

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After the turbulent political era of TheNineties, modern Slovakia eventually became prosperous with a steadily growing economy. Of course, not everything is perfect, with various corruption scandals in politics on the local and national level still being a major problem, though recently the situation seems to be improving, with more uncompromising civic activism starting to influence Bratislava. The country has been a member of both UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion and UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} since 2004. In January 2009 it replaced its previous monetary unit, [[http://www.slovensko.com/about/banknotes-coins/ the Slovak crown]], and is now using the euro, unlike the UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic.
UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic. This makes it easier for visitors from Austria, who can get regular trains over to Bratislava and not have to go through border checks because of the Schengen agreement (quick tip: the ZSSK i.e. Slovakian coach has air-conditioning).



** This phenomennon got so pervasive, that recently, one of the country's dailies devoted [[http://tv.sme.sk/v/24312/ako-si-filmari-predstavuju-slovensko.html a whole article]] to the numerous inaccurate or CaliforniaDoubling portrayals of Slovakia mentioned above. Needless to say, it all went on the level of AffectionateParody.

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** This phenomennon phenomenon got so pervasive, that recently, one of the country's dailies devoted [[http://tv.sme.sk/v/24312/ako-si-filmari-predstavuju-slovensko.html a whole article]] to the numerous inaccurate or CaliforniaDoubling portrayals of Slovakia mentioned above. Needless to say, it all went on the level of AffectionateParody.



* ''Film/BehindEnemyLines'', where it stood in for Bosnia. The Bosnian viewers were left puzzled, how come there are gothic cathedrals in the Bosnian countryside?

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* ''Film/BehindEnemyLines'', where it stood in for Bosnia. The Bosnian viewers were left puzzled, how come there are gothic Gothic cathedrals in the Bosnian countryside?
26th Nov '17 2:40:25 PM nombretomado
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And so, in 1989, as part of the HoleInFlag era, Czechoslovakia finally became a democracy again in the VelvetRevolution. Three years later, the two halves of the country separated in the "Velvet Divorce", with much of the national property (such as the Su-25 ground attack aircraft) being split 2:1 for the Czechs because of their larger population.

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And so, in 1989, as part of the HoleInFlag UsefulNotes/HoleInFlag era, Czechoslovakia finally became a democracy again in the VelvetRevolution. Three years later, the two halves of the country separated in the "Velvet Divorce", with much of the national property (such as the Su-25 ground attack aircraft) being split 2:1 for the Czechs because of their larger population.
26th Nov '17 8:50:46 AM nombretomado
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* BadassBookworm: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Rastislav_%C5%A0tef%C3%A1nik Milan Rastislav Štefánik]], who was kind of a RenaissanceMan (astronomer, photographer, soldier and later army pilot for the Third French Republic). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, he also doubled as an {{Ambadassador}} for the Entente (particularly France). Considered one of the most important figures in modern Slovak history and one of the founding fathers of interwar Czechoslovakia. Ironically, he died in a plane crash in May 1919, en route to the newly independent country he helped establish (the mysterious nature of the crash gave birth to several [[ConspiracyTheory conspiracy theories]] over the decades). Despite his scientific and political/diplomatic achievements, he was a hated figure during the Communist era (since he was a firm anti-communist). Most Slovaks regarded him highly in secret, and his public fame was successfully revived in post-communist Slovakia.

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* BadassBookworm: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Rastislav_%C5%A0tef%C3%A1nik Milan Rastislav Štefánik]], who was kind of a RenaissanceMan (astronomer, photographer, soldier and later army pilot for the Third French Republic). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, he also doubled as an {{Ambadassador}} for the Entente (particularly France). Considered one of the most important figures in modern Slovak history and one of the founding fathers of interwar Czechoslovakia. Ironically, he died in a plane crash in May 1919, en route to the newly independent country he helped establish (the mysterious nature of the crash gave birth to several [[ConspiracyTheory conspiracy theories]] UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories over the decades). Despite his scientific and political/diplomatic achievements, he was a hated figure during the Communist era (since he was a firm anti-communist). Most Slovaks regarded him highly in secret, and his public fame was successfully revived in post-communist Slovakia.
14th Oct '17 2:04:12 AM FireCrawler2002
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Slovakia ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovensko''), also known as the Slovak Republic ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovenská republika''), is a Central/Eastern European country. [[{{Garfunkel}} The other half of the former Czechoslovakia]]. Less famous, formerly poorer and with less people (it has a rather low birth rate too), the ''Slovenská republika'' (Slovak Republic) became independent in 1993 in the [[VelvetRevolution Velvet Divorce]]. Linguistically and culturally, it is a western Slavic country, just like UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic. It has a lot of mountains, with [[SceneryPorn the Carpathians]] taking up much of the country. The Gerlach Peak in the alpine-like High Tatras (in the northern part of country) is the highest mountain of the entire Carpathians. The southern portions of the country have three lowlands of varying size (all of them a northern extension of the Danubian/Pannonian lowlands). They're Slovakia's main breadbasket.

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Slovakia ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovensko''), also known as the Slovak Republic ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovenská republika''), is a Central/Eastern Central European country. [[{{Garfunkel}} The other half of the former Czechoslovakia]]. Less famous, formerly poorer and with less people (it has a rather low birth rate too), the ''Slovenská republika'' (Slovak Republic) became independent in 1993 in the [[VelvetRevolution Velvet Divorce]]. Linguistically and culturally, it is a western Slavic country, just like UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic. It has a lot of mountains, with [[SceneryPorn the Carpathians]] taking up much of the country. The Gerlach Peak in the alpine-like High Tatras (in the northern part of country) is the highest mountain of the entire Carpathians. The southern portions of the country have three lowlands of varying size (all of them a northern extension of the Danubian/Pannonian lowlands). They're Slovakia's main breadbasket.
11th Oct '17 12:02:08 AM FireCrawler2002
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Slovakia ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovensko''), also known as the Slovak Republic ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovenská republika''). [[{{Garfunkel}} The other half of the former Czechoslovakia]]. Less famous, formerly poorer and with less people (it has a rather low birth rate too), the ''Slovenská republika'' (Slovak Republic) became independent in 1993 in the [[VelvetRevolution Velvet Divorce]]. Linguistically and culturally, it is a western Slavic and central European country, just like UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic. It has a lot of mountains, with [[SceneryPorn the Carpathians]] taking up much of the country. The Gerlach Peak in the alpine-like High Tatras (in the northern part of country) is the highest mountain of the entire Carpathians. The southern portions of the country have three lowlands of varying size (all of them a northern extension of the Danubian/Pannonian lowlands). They're Slovakia's main breadbasket.

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Slovakia ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovensko''), also known as the Slovak Republic ('''Slovak:''' ''Slovenská republika'').republika''), is a Central/Eastern European country. [[{{Garfunkel}} The other half of the former Czechoslovakia]]. Less famous, formerly poorer and with less people (it has a rather low birth rate too), the ''Slovenská republika'' (Slovak Republic) became independent in 1993 in the [[VelvetRevolution Velvet Divorce]]. Linguistically and culturally, it is a western Slavic and central European country, just like UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic. It has a lot of mountains, with [[SceneryPorn the Carpathians]] taking up much of the country. The Gerlach Peak in the alpine-like High Tatras (in the northern part of country) is the highest mountain of the entire Carpathians. The southern portions of the country have three lowlands of varying size (all of them a northern extension of the Danubian/Pannonian lowlands). They're Slovakia's main breadbasket.
17th Sep '17 12:56:24 AM VoiceInTheWilderness
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* BigFancyCastle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Slovakia Lots]], both preserved and ruined. ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi%C5%A1_Castle Spišský hrad]]'' in particular stands out (it [[http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/282596_10151188003552705_1686148735_n.jpg wouldn't look out of place]] in an episode of ''{{Series/Game Of Thrones}}''). Even many hundreds of smaller castles, fortified manor houses and mansions strewn across the country make for much SceneryPorn.

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* BigFancyCastle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Slovakia Lots]], both preserved and ruined. ''[[http://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi%C5%A1_Castle Spišský hrad]]'' in particular stands out (it [[http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/282596_10151188003552705_1686148735_n.jpg wouldn't look out of place]] in an episode of ''{{Series/Game Of Thrones}}''). Even many hundreds of smaller castles, fortified manor houses and mansions strewn across the country make for much SceneryPorn.
16th Sep '17 3:56:53 PM nombretomado
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* MultinationalTeam[=/=]CultureChopSuey : Slovakia has long been one giant crossroad of various European ethnicities, cultures, languages and customs, and it shows. Also, the country itself was a part of colorful multinational empires for much of its history -- the ([[ShortRunners short-lived]]) empire of [[TheLowMiddleAges Great Moravia]], then the ([[LongRunners much longer-existing]]) [[TheHighMiddleAges Kingdom]] [[TheLateMiddleAges of]] [[TheRenaissance Hungary]], and finally the [[TheCavalierYears Habsburg]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.

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* MultinationalTeam[=/=]CultureChopSuey : Slovakia has long been one giant crossroad of various European ethnicities, cultures, languages and customs, and it shows. Also, the country itself was a part of colorful multinational empires for much of its history -- the ([[ShortRunners short-lived]]) empire of [[TheLowMiddleAges Great Moravia]], then the ([[LongRunners much longer-existing]]) [[TheHighMiddleAges Kingdom]] [[TheLateMiddleAges of]] [[TheRenaissance [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance Hungary]], and finally the [[TheCavalierYears Habsburg]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.
7th Jun '17 12:43:49 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.

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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] assassination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.
7th Jun '17 12:40:47 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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The ethnic minorities mostly correspond to the nationalities of the surrounding countries, the biggest being the 8.5% of ethnic Hungarians in the south. Considering the fact that during the glory days of Austria-Hungary, a lot of Hungarians (especially their leadership) tried their best to pretend there was no such thing as a Slovak nation (or any Slavic nation, for that matter) within their territory, a lot of Slovaks aren't thrilled about having a bunch of them still living in Slovakia. The historical bad blood between both countries that started in the 19th century has led to various culture clashes over the years, with a recent highly-publicized law about the usage of the Slovak language getting eventually skewered by the EU. Thankfully, most of the population of modern day Hungary and Slovakia ''[[AvertedTrope aren't and never were]]'' a bunch of militaristic nationalists like in former Yugoslavia.

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The ethnic minorities mostly correspond to the nationalities of the surrounding countries, the biggest being the 8.5% of ethnic Hungarians in the south. Considering the fact that during the glory days of Austria-Hungary, a lot of Hungarians (especially their leadership) tried their best to pretend there was no such thing as a Slovak nation (or any Slavic nation, for that matter) within their territory, a lot of Slovaks aren't thrilled about having a bunch of them still living in Slovakia. The historical bad blood between both countries that started in the 19th century has led to various culture clashes over the years, with a recent highly-publicized law about the usage of the Slovak language getting eventually skewered by the EU. Thankfully, most of the population of modern day modern-day Hungary and Slovakia ''[[AvertedTrope aren't and never were]]'' a bunch of militaristic nationalists like in former Yugoslavia.
8th Dec '16 7:13:06 AM Morgenthaler
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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't {{badass}} enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.

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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't {{badass}} badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.
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