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Bye Bye England and Friends
3 4, 4:39am
' "one existing nation split into three because the three groups present hated sharing a country with people who spoke different languages and practiced different faiths"
Oh wait, wasn't Yugoslavia a federated republic in which communists packed together several smaller nations and which held together because members were given relatively broad autonomy?
"Milošević succeeded in reducing the autonomy of Vojvodina and of Kosovo and Metohija, but both entities retained a vote in the Yugoslav Presidency Council. The very instrument that reduced Serbian influence before was now used to increase it: in the eight-member Council, Serbia could now count on four votes at a minimum: Serbia proper, then-loyal Montenegro, Vojvodina, and Kosovo.
The Serbian delegation, led by Milošević, insisted on a policy of "one person, one vote", which would empower the plurality population, the Serbs. In turn, the Slovenes, supported by Croats, sought to reform Yugoslavia by devolving even more power to republics, but were voted down. As a result, the Slovenian and Croatian delegations left the Congress and the all-Yugoslav Communist party was dissolved.
The constitutional crisis that inevitably followed resulted in a rise of nationalism in all republics: Slovenia and Croatia voiced demands for looser ties within the Federation."
Turns out it did, and it all went down the drain thanks to a power grab and attempt by one member of federation to achieve dominance over the rest. Say, does shared humanity always involve authoritarian centralized government?