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, is a Central/Southern European country that 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.
Slovenia is a parliamentary democracy and a unitary state, with a lot of ecological diversity, with the Alps and Lake Bled being two examples.
Famous Slovenes include:
- eljko Ivanek, an actor who has appeared in many TV series such as Homicide: Life on the Street, 24 (Andre Drazen) and currently Madam Secretary - he frequently plays lawyer or politician types. He left Yugoslavia permanently at age 7.
- Melanija Knavs, better known as Melania Knauss-Trump, model and now US First Lady, wife of President Donald Trump.
- Laibach, an Industrial group named for the German name of the country's capital city of Ljubljana.
- Within Destruction, a Deathcore group from Jesenice.
- Gramatik, a Trip Hop producer from Portoro but currently living in New York.
- Slavoj iek, a critical theorist/philosopher famous for using examples from popular culture to demonstrate philosophical points (one wonders what he would think of TV Tropes).
- Vinko Bogataj, an otherwise-obscure ski jumper who forever entered American pop culture when Wide World of Sports used footage of his spectacular ramp wipeout in 1970 to illustrate Jim McKay's opening narration of "...the agony of defeat".Postscript
- Goran Dragić, current NBA player; also notable for leading Slovenia to an unexpected title at EuroBasket 2017 (the European championship).
- Luka Dončić, emerging NBA superstar with the Dallas Mavericks, who had his international coming-out party as an 18-year-old at the aforementioned EuroBasket 2017.
- Ane Kopitar, current captain of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, who's helped them to two Stanley Cups.
- Tadej Pogačar, winner of the 2020 Tour de France.
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.
- Season of the Witch, though being set in The High Middle Ages, there's no independent Slovene state yet, but instead the Duchy of Styria, which is part of modern-day southern Austria and northern Slovenia. The supposedly witch Anna is from the area's largest city, Maribor (then called by its German name, Marburg), as well.
- The Professional Wrestling Tag Team The Batiri, best known for their work in CHIKARA, are billed from Bled Island.
The Slovene flag
Coat of arms of Slovenia
The Slovene national anthem
- Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
- President: Borut Pahor
- Prime Minister: Janez Jana