Useful Notes: Slovenia

Not to be confused with Slovakia (which, confusingly, is called "Slovensko" in its own native language). The flag's slightly different (but only slightly) and it wasn't Warsaw Pact. Though it was Commie Land.

Slovenia (Slovene: Slovenija), officially known as The Republic of Slovenia (Slovene: Republika Slovenija), one of the former states of Yugoslavia, arrived into the world of independent states in dramatic style after a ten-day war against the rest of Yugoslavia, when it declared independence on June 25, 1991, having held a referendum a few months earlier. After winning that, a low-intensity war with under 100 deaths, Slovenia was rapidly internationally recognized (though with some initial reluctance from both America and the European Union), escaped the rest of the horrors that would eventually tear the rest of Yugoslavia apart, and quietly got on with things.

It rapidly became the prize-winner of the new European democracies, democratizing rapidly and becoming prosperous. It is the richest of all the post-Communist states in Europe.

In 2004, it joined NATO and The European Union. In the case of the 2004 EU entrants, only Cyprus was better off. Slovenia has since adopted the Euro as its currency.

Slovenia is a parliamentary democracy and a unitary state, with a lot of ecological diversity, with the Alps and Lake Bled being two examples.

The most famous Slovene today - although he left Yugoslavia permanently at age 7 - that you might heard of is Željko Ivanek, an actor who best known for Homicide: Life on the Street, 24 (Andre Drazen) and currently Madam Secretary - he frequently plays lawyer or politician types. Another is Melania Knauss-Trump, model and wife of Donald. More intellectual-type folks might have heard of Slavoj Žižek, a critical theorist/philosopher famous for using examples from popular culture to demonstrate philosophical points (one wonders what he would think of TV Tropes). Industrial group Laibach are also Slovenes, named for the German name of the country's capital city of Ljubljana.

Slovenia in fiction
  • Veronika Decides to Die by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho takes place in Ljubljana.
  • The Third World War begins when Slovenia declares independence and both US and Soviet forces intervene.

The Slovene flag
The flag's white, blue and red stripes are derived from the Pan-Slavic colors. At the canton is the national coat-of-arms, depicting an allegorical representation of Triglav, the nation's highest mountain, over waves symbolizing the Adriatic Sea and the nation's rivers, all underneath three golden six-pointed stars (in honor of the Counts of Celje, the most important family of nobles to have come from Slovenia).