I recently had a conversation with someone who didn’t seem to understand that not all Eastern European communist countries were part of the Soviet Union. Given that she was definitely old enough to remember when the Soviet Union existed, and a lot of you guys were born after it dissolved, I thought a little map might be useful if you find this confusing.
When the Soviet Union dissolved, it split into 15 independent nations. Those in Eastern Europe are Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Moldova.
Czechoslovakia split into two nations: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Yugoslavia split into seven nations: Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Kosovo. (Kosovo’s independence has partial recognition from the international community, and they do not have a seat at the UN.)
East Germany was reunified with West Germany and now they are just Germany. That little gray square in the middle of East Germany is Berlin.
Although Yugoslavia and Albania were communist nations, they were unaffiliated with the rest of the Eastern Bloc. In Yugoslavia’s case, this meant that they were generally freer, and in Albania’s case, this meant that they were much more isolated.

I recently had a conversation with someone who didn’t seem to understand that not all Eastern European communist countries were part of the Soviet Union. Given that she was definitely old enough to remember when the Soviet Union existed, and a lot of you guys were born after it dissolved, I thought a little map might be useful if you find this confusing.

When the Soviet Union dissolved, it split into 15 independent nations. Those in Eastern Europe are Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Moldova.

Czechoslovakia split into two nations: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Yugoslavia split into seven nations: Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Kosovo. (Kosovo’s independence has partial recognition from the international community, and they do not have a seat at the UN.)

East Germany was reunified with West Germany and now they are just Germany. That little gray square in the middle of East Germany is Berlin.

Although Yugoslavia and Albania were communist nations, they were unaffiliated with the rest of the Eastern Bloc. In Yugoslavia’s case, this meant that they were generally freer, and in Albania’s case, this meant that they were much more isolated.

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