With the end of the communist system, millions of people across Eastern Europe were forced to examine how they wanted to move forward with a new system of governance. The results toward toward the chaotic as new borders were drawn across the continent.
The smoothest and most peaceful national breakup officially took place on 1 January 1993, when Czechoslovakia was dissolved and replaced with two new nations: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Czechoslovakia had peacefully abandoned its communist government in 1989, but for the next few years, politicians found themselves at an impasse on how to run the country. Slovak politicians wanted greater autonomy in a country that had always been dominated by the more populous and wealthier Czechs, while their Czech counterparts believed that they needed to either integrate more fully or split entirely.
And the end, that is what happened. On 13 November 1992, the Federal Assembly in Prague passed a constitutional amendment dissolving Czechoslovakia.
The split was so amicable that it is referred to as the Velvet Divorce. The political and economic chaos some feared never came to pass. However, most ordinary Czechoslovakians on both sides of the border were against the split, and angered that they weren’t given the opportunity to vote on the issue. Even today, 70% of Czechs and Slovaks believe that there should have been a referendum on the split.

With the end of the communist system, millions of people across Eastern Europe were forced to examine how they wanted to move forward with a new system of governance. The results toward toward the chaotic as new borders were drawn across the continent.

The smoothest and most peaceful national breakup officially took place on 1 January 1993, when Czechoslovakia was dissolved and replaced with two new nations: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Czechoslovakia had peacefully abandoned its communist government in 1989, but for the next few years, politicians found themselves at an impasse on how to run the country. Slovak politicians wanted greater autonomy in a country that had always been dominated by the more populous and wealthier Czechs, while their Czech counterparts believed that they needed to either integrate more fully or split entirely.

And the end, that is what happened. On 13 November 1992, the Federal Assembly in Prague passed a constitutional amendment dissolving Czechoslovakia.

The split was so amicable that it is referred to as the Velvet Divorce. The political and economic chaos some feared never came to pass. However, most ordinary Czechoslovakians on both sides of the border were against the split, and angered that they weren’t given the opportunity to vote on the issue. Even today, 70% of Czechs and Slovaks believe that there should have been a referendum on the split.

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    I knew this. I talked to a Czech woman in Prague about it. She said that it was and is still unpopular. So Wikipedia is...
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    Proud to be Czechoslovakian.
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