Too many small countries?

The collapses of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the British Empire in 1947, and the USSR in 1991 all left in their wakes dozens of ethnic enclaves with desire for nationhood despite, in most cases, little or not history of such. The proliferation of fractious, barely viable countries is in no one’s best interest. The EU, with all its flaws, aims at a different model wherein ethnic identity is preserved within an economic and military structure of sustainable size. Russia attempted to emulate this with the CIS but handled it very badly. Perhaps it is time for Eastern Europe, including Russia, to try again to form a workable federation.

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