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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]].

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.


The "Hole In Flag" revolutions - or the "Revolutions of 1989" or the "Autumn of Nations", or simply "the Fall of Communism" - were a wave of revolutions that swept Europe in 1989-91 and signaled the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. The TropeMaker is arguably Hungary, cutting the communist emblem out of the centre of their flags during the 1956 revolution.

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The "Hole In Flag" revolutions - or the "Revolutions of 1989" or the "Autumn of Nations", or simply "the Fall of Communism" - were a wave of revolutions that swept Europe in 1989-91 and signaled the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. The TropeMaker is arguably Hungary, Arguably started in Hungary by cutting the communist emblem out of the centre of their flags during the 1956 revolution.


Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence. The Central Asian states are also dictatorships; Russia keeps its influence over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which has itd pros and cons. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the late dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)

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Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence. The Central Asian states are also dictatorships; Russia keeps its influence over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which has itd its pros and cons. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the late dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)


Georgia and Ukraine have also both seen "Color Revolutions" -- Westernizing democratic revolutions, improving human rights but not necessarily the economy. The Russian wars against them after these revolutions were probably to keep them out of NATO: Russia's main asset in a conventional land war is strategic depth, and if Ukraine was in NATO, then the alliance would have territory just sixty miles from Volgograd; if Georgia was in NATO, air forces would be less than an hour from the Baku oil fields.

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Georgia Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine have also both seen "Color Revolutions" -- Westernizing democratic revolutions, improving human rights but not necessarily the economy. The Russian wars against them after these revolutions were probably to keep them out of NATO: Russia's main asset in a conventional land war is strategic depth, and if Ukraine was in NATO, then the alliance would have territory just sixty miles from Volgograd; if Georgia was in NATO, air forces would be less than an hour from the Baku oil fields.


Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence. The Central Asian states are also dictatorships; Russia keeps its influence over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which has itd pros and cons. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the former dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)

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Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence. The Central Asian states are also dictatorships; Russia keeps its influence over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which has itd pros and cons. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the former late dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)


Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence; the Central Asian states are dictatorships. Russia keeps its influence on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which is both good and bad. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the former dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)

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Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence; the influence. The Central Asian states are dictatorships. also dictatorships; Russia keeps its influence on over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which is both good has itd pros and bad.cons. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the former dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)


Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence; the Central Asian states are dictatorships but without Russian influence, and the absence of Russian influence there is not necessarily a good thing. (Russian influence might have kept the dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)

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Belarus is a dictatorship under heavy Russian influence; the Central Asian states are dictatorships but without Russian influence, and the absence of Russian dictatorships. Russia keeps its influence there is on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan but not necessarily a on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which is both good thing. (Russian and bad. (Unlike the other states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan maintain military neutrality; on the other hand, Russian influence might have kept the former dictator of Turkmenistan from building a gilded statue of himself that turns to face the sun, for example.)


The Baltic states -- Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia -- were admitted to NATO in the 1990s, when Russia was hemorrhaging influence. Now, they're in an awkward position for everyone: no Western army could defend them in case of a Russian attack, but Russia couldn't defend itself in case of a NATO attack out of the Baltics (especially Estonia) either, and neutrality doesn't seem to be in the cards. And Latvia has a large ethnic-Russian population who are mostly not citizens, and who the government really doesn't treat particularly well...

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The Baltic states -- Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia -- were admitted to NATO in the 1990s, when Russia was hemorrhaging influence. Now, they're in an awkward position for everyone: no Western army could defend them in case of a Russian attack, but Russia couldn't defend itself in case of a NATO attack out of the Baltics (especially Estonia) either, and neutrality doesn't seem to be in the cards. And Estonia and Latvia has a have large ethnic-Russian population who are mostly not citizens, and who minorities whom the government really doesn't treat particularly well...
well (a great deal of them have not even been granted citizenship because they moved to Baltics during the Soviet occupation)...


Ukraine and Moldova both have breakaway Russian territories in their east. Moldava has Ukraine between it and Russia, so it's unlikely to face any land wars soon; but Putin annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 (in fairness, the Crimea had been conquered from the Ottoman Empire by Russians, not Ukrainians, and had been transferred from the Russian SSR to the Ukrainian one in 1955), and shortly afterwards the majority-ethnic-Russian Donbass -- the easternmost part of Ukraine, just west of the Don -- rose up against the Ukrainian government, in a spontaneous insurgency that ''just happened'' to have access to cutting-edge Russian tanks, artillery, and anti-aircraft systems, led by a Russian general and manned in part by vacationing Russian soldiers. Neither side has managed to decisively defeat the other.

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Ukraine and Moldova both have breakaway Russian territories in their east. Moldava has Ukraine between it and Russia, so it's unlikely to face any land wars soon; but Putin annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 (in fairness, the Crimea had been conquered from the Ottoman Empire by Russians, not Ukrainians, and (it had been transferred from the Russian SSR to the Ukrainian one in 1955), 1954), and shortly afterwards the majority-ethnic-Russian Donbass Donbas -- the easternmost part of Ukraine, Ukraine bordering on Russia, just west of the Don -- rose up against the Ukrainian government, in a spontaneous insurgency that ''just happened'' to have access to cutting-edge Russian tanks, artillery, and anti-aircraft systems, led by a Russian general and manned in part by vacationing Russian soldiers. Neither side has managed to decisively defeat the other.


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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...[[OhCrap 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...[[OhCrap what? Wait, no! What? Comrades! Comrades, stay quiet! 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]].

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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 org/wiki/Visegrád_Group Visegrád Group]].


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 former Czechoslovakia, and Hungary are today often grouped as 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 former Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are today often grouped now in a formal alliance known as the "Visegrád Group".
[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegrád Group Visegrád Group]].


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 former Czechoslovakia, and Hungary are today often grouped as the "Visegrad bloc".

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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 former Czechoslovakia, and Hungary are today often grouped as the "Visegrad bloc".
"Visegrád Group".



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 Visegrad bloc.

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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 Visegrad bloc.Visegrád Group.


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.

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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.
tastes. Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, and Hungary are today often grouped as the "Visegrad bloc".



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.

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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.
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 Visegrad bloc.

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