Jugoslavija was an artificial construct
forget it man. One state can`t be created more naturally as it was case with Yugoslavia, back in 1918. Struggle of Serbs and other South Slavs for liberation from non-Slavic rulers.
But Jugoslavija was held together by a delicate balance
Exactly. But tell me, which country isn`t held by delicate balance. There were Orthodox and Catholic Slavs, even Muslim, who wanted Yugoslavia. But, when Vatican, Islamic league and Germany decided to spread influence, that balance was destroyed. They founded player- Croats from Zagreb, Muslims from Bosnia and Albanians from Kosovo.
Let me show you on Poland`s example. Germany have interest that Silesia secede from Poland. Germany is powerful. More powerful then Poland. Power means influence. So Silesian secessionists are encouraged while Poles and Poland are in defensive. Germany using influence to mobilize international factor. Problem escalate. Poland from defensive tries to move in offensive on its own territory. Problem deeper escalate. Poland retreat. Then, somebody say ``Well, what can we do, Poland was anyway artificial formation.``
Try same example on Spain.
Point is that, if you have foreign power capable to impose influence, balance in any country can be easily destroyed. Media would provide cover story, in any case.
This from people who told me they were happy living in Jugoslavija as it had been but had no intention of living under direct Serbian rule from Beograd.
Sure. But one who told you that was himself manipulated by some media. But it was him. Then, you yourself got your portion of manipulation by mass media and finally you two met each others and his story founded fertile ground in you. Think about it. Eventually, one day you would learn truth but even then, frankly, why would you give a sh** for that truth.
Actually, secessionists separated non-democratically. They had support of Vatican, Germany, EU, USA and Islamic league for that. Spot those powers. You think that we Serbs had a chance? No matter we speak of Catholic or Orthodox Serbs? No, my people was crashed and formation of some new nations stimulated.