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** Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions|Band}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.
** "Right Here, Right Now" by Music/JesusJones actually was written specifically about 1989 and the fall of Communism.
-->"I saw the decade end/I saw the world change in the blink of an eye"

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* Music/PinkFloyd's [[Music/TheDivisionBell "A Great Day for Freedom"]] recounts the fall of Communism and the rise of ethnonationalism in Eastern Europe in its wake.
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Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions|Band}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.
** * "Right Here, Right Now" by Music/JesusJones actually was written specifically about 1989 and the fall of Communism.
-->"I saw the decade end/I saw the world change in the blink of an eye"eye"
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** Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.

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** Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions}}' Music/{{Scorpions|Band}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.


->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the initiators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades... ?"''

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->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the initiators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades... ?"''


->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the initiators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades... ? "''

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->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the initiators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades... ? "''?"''


->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the instigators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades?..."''

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->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the instigators initiators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades?...Comrades... ? "''


->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the instigators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? [[OhCrap Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades?]]..."''

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->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the instigators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? [[OhCrap Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades?]]...Comrades?..."''


Poland, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two having parted ways), Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania have benefited enormously from the collapse of Communism, now enjoying securer economies and (more often than not) social liberalization despite the occasional WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell moment. Right now, the question for these countries is whether or not to continue being in the EU, which Eurosceptics find too liberal and infringing for their tastes. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are now in a formal alliance known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegrád_Group Visegrád Group]]. Hungary, under Viktor Orban administration, has also been accused of entering democratic backsliding with Orban's long serving administration priding itself on illiberalism. Poland faces similar accusations, though not to the same extent.

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Poland, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two having parted ways), Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania have benefited enormously from the collapse of Communism, now enjoying securer economies and (more often than not) social liberalization despite the occasional WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell moment. Right now, the question for these countries is whether or not to continue being in the EU, EU[[note]]All except Albania are members as of January 2022[[/note]], which Eurosceptics find too liberal and infringing for their tastes. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are now in a formal alliance known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegrád_Group Visegrád Group]]. Hungary, under Viktor Orban administration, has also been accused of entering democratic backsliding with Orban's long serving administration priding itself on illiberalism. Poland faces similar accusations, though not to the same extent.


For a fuller discussion of what led to the sudden and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp completely unexpected]] fall of Soviet Communism, you are directed to the page on the UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar.

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For a fuller discussion of what led to the sudden and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp completely unexpected]] unexpected fall of Soviet Communism, you are directed to the page on the UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar.


->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the instigators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades?..."''

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->''"Dear comrades and friends, citizens of the capital of Socialist Romania! First, I wish to extend to you, participants of this great popular meeting, and all residents of the Bucharest municipality, warm revolutionary greetings, and wish you success in all your endeavors. I wish also to thank the instigators and organizers of this great popular demonstration in Bucharest, and I consider it an... what? [[OhCrap Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! Comrades?...Comrades?]]..."''


* Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.

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Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.videos.
** "Right Here, Right Now" by Music/JesusJones actually was written specifically about 1989 and the fall of Communism.
-->"I saw the decade end/I saw the world change in the blink of an eye"


* ''Deutschland 89, the 3rd season of Series/Deutschland83, is set amidst the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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* ''Deutschland 89, 89'', the 3rd season of Series/Deutschland83, ''Series/Deutschland83'', is set amidst the fall of the Berlin Wall.


* ''Deutschland 89, the 3rd season of ''Series/Deutschland83'', is set amidst the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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* ''Deutschland 89, the 3rd season of ''Series/Deutschland83'', Series/Deutschland83, is set amidst the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Suffice to say, President UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev attempted to reform the USSR, promising ''Glasnost'' (openness) and ''Perestroika'' (reconstruction), but was unprepared for the tide of emotion he unleashed in the Soviets' satellite states and the USSR itself. Poles, Czechoslovakians, Hungarians and many more all thought that Gorbachev would tell their own repressive leaders to extend the same policies. "Gorby save us" was the common cry.

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Suffice to say, President UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev attempted to reform [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheUSSR the USSR, USSR]], promising ''Glasnost'' (openness) and ''Perestroika'' (reconstruction), but was unprepared for the tide of emotion he unleashed in the Soviets' satellite states and the USSR itself. Poles, Czechoslovakians, Hungarians and many more all thought that Gorbachev would tell their own repressive leaders to extend the same policies. "Gorby save us" was the common cry.



Russia has languished from 1991 to the present -- or perhaps it would be truer to say 1987 to the present. Between fifty years of Communism and ten years of war in Afghanistan, the country had fallen into the doldrums in the late 1980s, and has yet to find its way out. The end of Communist rule meant the return of religious worship, free speech, and free assembly, but it also brought corruption, organized crime, anarchy, and a series of wars with Chechnya, which first secured its freedom from Russia and then started trying to see how many Russians it could kidnap, kill, or rob. Putin gained his reputation by defeating the Chechens, and fear of a new round of Chechen-style chaos is one of the things that helps him stay in power.

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Russia has languished from 1991 to the present -- or perhaps it would be truer to say 1987 to the present. Between fifty years of Communism and [[UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan ten years of war in Afghanistan, Afghanistan]], the country had fallen into the doldrums in the late 1980s, and has yet to find its way out. The end of Communist rule meant the return of religious worship, free speech, and free assembly, but it also brought corruption, [[TheMafiya organized crime, crime]], anarchy, and a series of wars with Chechnya, which first secured its freedom from Russia and then started trying to see how many Russians it could kidnap, kill, or rob. Putin gained his reputation by defeating the Chechens, and fear of a new round of Chechen-style chaos is one of the things that helps has helped him stay in power.


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* ''Deutschland 89, the 3rd season of ''Series/Deutschland83'', is set amidst the fall of the Berlin Wall.



* Creator/KenFollett's Literature/TheCenturyTrilogy, a novel series dramatizing the 20th century, ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunion of Carla's family, formerly separated by Communism.

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* Creator/KenFollett's Literature/TheCenturyTrilogy, a novel series dramatizing the 20th century, ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunion of Carla's family, formerly separated by Communism.Communism.

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* Although not written specifically about the falling Eastern Bloc regimes of the time, Music/{{Scorpions}}' "Wind of Change" and Music/{{U2}}'s "One" heavily featured imagery of it in the music videos.


Poland, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two having parted ways), Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania have benefited enormously from the collapse of Communism, now enjoying securer economies and (more often than not) social liberalization despite the occasional WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell moment. Right now, the question for these countries is whether or not to continue being in the EU, which Eurosceptics find too liberal and infringing for their tastes. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are now in a formal alliance known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegrád_Group Visegrád Group]].

East Germany, although a pretty good place to live in many regions, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter is still the least developed part of Germany]] and suffers from very strange politics. The Communist government's official policy was that all East Germans had been patriotic resisters during the Second World War ''and no one was to say anything more than that''. This put the problems of the 1930s and 1940s on ice with Nazis being punished and nothing more, rather than systematically getting rid of them and rejecting their views to ensure a cultural shift like in the west, and today East Germany has a disconcertingly large number of both neo-Communists and neo-Nazis. Many of these Neo Nazis are from the younger generation born after Communism whose community couldn't deal with liberalization and blamed the far left regime before for their problems, while Neo Communists see the DDR as a preferable alternative to the EU.

Yugoslavia, as mentioned above, disintegrated into civil war; Communist dictatorship had been the only thing that kept the various peoples of the region from killing each other. Oddly enough, the Serbs -- who were more or less the rulers of peaceful, ethnic-cleansing-free Communist Yugoslavia -- were the most eager ethnic cleansers in the post-Yugoslav situation. Slovenia, however, largely avoided this chaos; its war of independence lasted less than two weeks with fewer than 100 deaths, and it's generally viewed in the same category as Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, and the Visegrád Group.

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Poland, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two having parted ways), Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania have benefited enormously from the collapse of Communism, now enjoying securer economies and (more often than not) social liberalization despite the occasional WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell moment. Right now, the question for these countries is whether or not to continue being in the EU, which Eurosceptics find too liberal and infringing for their tastes. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are now in a formal alliance known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegrád_Group Visegrád Group]].

Group]]. Hungary, under Viktor Orban administration, has also been accused of entering democratic backsliding with Orban's long serving administration priding itself on illiberalism. Poland faces similar accusations, though not to the same extent.

East Germany, although a pretty good place to live in many regions, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter is still the least developed part of Germany]] and suffers from very strange politics. The Communist government's official policy was that all East Germans had been patriotic resisters during the Second World War ''and no one was to say anything more than that''. This put the problems of the 1930s and 1940s on ice with Nazis being punished and nothing more, rather than systematically getting rid of them and rejecting their views to ensure a cultural shift like in the west, and today East Germany has a disconcertingly large number of both neo-Communists and neo-Nazis. Many of these Neo Nazis are from the younger generation born after Communism whose community couldn't deal with liberalization and blamed the far left regime before for their problems, while Neo Communists see the DDR as a preferable alternative to the EU.

EU. Thus, both the GDR's successor socialist party and more far right parties do a bit more well in East Germany, much to the distress of western Germans who don't want to deal with another authoritarian Germany.

Yugoslavia, as mentioned above, disintegrated into civil war; Communist dictatorship had been the only thing that kept the various peoples of the region from killing each other. Oddly enough, the Serbs -- who were more or less the rulers of peaceful, ethnic-cleansing-free Communist Yugoslavia -- were the most eager ethnic cleansers in the post-Yugoslav situation. Slovenia, however, largely avoided this chaos; its war of independence lasted less than two weeks with fewer than 100 deaths, and it's generally viewed in the same category as Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, and the Visegrád Group. \n Though Slovenia likes to push itself away from the Ex-Yugoslavs towards Central Europe, Tito being born to a Slovene mother does make a number of them claim him however, and this is mixed with him having a Croatian father but a more popular legacy in Serbia.



Armenia and Azerbaijan immediately started fighting each other over the ethnic Armenian region in Azerbaijan known as Nagorno Karabakh. The conflict ended with Armenian control of the region with a Russian backed cease fire. Border clashes still continue to this day. Both countries are currently doing okay domestically, but there is sharp corruption and economic issues in each nation. Armenia is mostly relying on its Iranian neighbor for a clear border with trade as it can't get exports from its Russian allies directly while Azerbaijan relies on its cultural "big brother" Turkey.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan immediately started fighting each other over the ethnic Armenian region in Azerbaijan known as Nagorno Karabakh. The conflict ended with Armenian control of the region with a Russian backed cease fire. Border clashes still continue to this day. day, with a renewed Azerbaijani offensive decades later taking a large number of land. Both countries are currently doing just okay domestically, but there is sharp corruption and economic issues in each nation. Armenia is mostly relying on its Iranian neighbor for a clear border with trade as it can't get exports from its Russian allies directly while Azerbaijan relies on its cultural "big brother" Turkey.
Turkey, with Azerbaijan being a mostly non religious state and an Israeli ally pissing off Iran to no end. Iran itself has no interest in seeing Azeri nationalism spread, given that Iran has a large number of Azeris within it.

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