What if Yugoslavia Reunited Today?

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At its peak in the second half of the 20th century, Yugoslavia was one of the key European powers at its time and controlled a significant portion of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe, stretching from modern-day Slovenia in the north to modern-day North Macedonia in the south. However, Yugoslavia's golden age didn't last for ever and soon enough, it gradually began to lose its power and influence it once had and even began to lose control of its own country, from many parts of it declaring independence and even fighting a brutal war to secure their sovereignty. Until finally, on the 27th of April 1992, its government collapsed, marking the end of Yugoslavia.

Population and Land

The first thing we need to think about a reunited Yugoslavia is the population and land it would control. To start off, a total of 6-7 modern-day countries, depending on who you ask, would lose all or some of their territory to the country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and the partially recognised Kosovo, which would all be located in Europe.

Taking all of these countries making it up into consideration, Yugoslavia's total land area would stand at 98,798 Square miles (255,886 Sq km). This would make it the 11th largest country in Europe but only the 79th largest country in the entire world, larger than many other countries though like Guinea (245,857 Sq km) and the United Kingdom (242,900 Sq km), but smaller than Gabon (267,668 Sq km) and New Zealand (270,467 Sq km).

The population of Yugoslavia would also be a modest number at around 20.3 Million, which would be enough to place it as the 9th most populous country in Europe, but only the 60th when taking the whole word into consideration, still ahead of many other countries, though, like Mali (20.25 Million) and Romania (19.2 Million), but behind Burkina Faso (20.9 Million) and Sri Lanka (21.4 Million). Serbia would be the most populous country within Yugoslavia's borders with a population alone of 8.7 Million.

A reunited Yugoslavia would also be home to some big cities with lots to show for, bringing us to the next topic. The country's capital wouldn't be much of a difficult choice to predict in contrary to some other empires I have covered so far in this series, as Belgrade was not only the historic capital of Yugoslavia, but is also one of the most significant cities in the region today and currently has a modest population of 1,430,000, which would also become the biggest city in the country. Here would be the rest of the top 5 most populous urban areas within Yugoslavia:

  1. Belgrade (1,430,000)
  2. Zagreb (809,000)
  3. Skopje (506,000)
  4. Sarajevo (368,000)
  5. Ljubljana (274,000)
Land area of a reunited Yugoslavia on a map

Money and GDP

Similar to its population and land, a reunited Yugoslavia would also have a modest economy. In total, its Nominal GDP would stand at around $222.23 Billion, which isn't quite a large amount but would still be enough to put the country in 52nd place, in terms of Nominal GDP, well ahead of other economies like Greece ($209.86 Billion), Iraq ($190.73 Billion) and Kazakhstan ($187.83 Billion), but slightly behind those of Peru ($225.92 Billion) and New Zealand ($243.33 Billion).

The GDP Per Capita of Yugoslavia wouldn't be so impressive, however, mainly due to the quite impoverished living standards in some parts of the country like North Macedonia and Kosovo. Nonetheless, taking all of this into consideration, this number would stand at around $10,947, and would be enough to place it in 83rd place, still ahead of many other countries like Nauru ($10,125) and Kazakhstan ($9,828), but just slightly below the Global Average of ($11,339) and the countries of Bulgaria ($11,321) and the Maldives ($11,801).

Yugoslavia could also possibly join the European Union to boost its economy and living standards as two of the modern-day countries making it up, Croatia and Slovenia, are already members of the organization. This would still be unclear though.

Religion and Ethnic Groups

The next topic we need to think about a reunited Yugoslavia is the religious and ethnic groups prevalent within its borders.

Starting with religion, Orthodox Christianity would be the largest followed faith within the country, with 43% of the population adhering to it. This would be followed by Catholics making up 27% of the population and last major religion, Islam, at 22%. The final 8% would be made up of Atheists, irreligious peoples and other small faiths.

Now focusing on Ethnic Groups, Serbs would be the largest ethnicity within Yugoslavia's borders, at 35% of the population, still not being able to make a clear majority of 50% though, already giving a sense of how diverse the country would be. Croats be next at 20%, making it the second largest ethnicity within its borders. This would be followed by Albanians at 11%, Bosnians at 9%, Slovenes at 8%, Macedonians at 6%, Montenegrins at 1% and the final 10% being a mix of various other small ethnicities.

Purple = Christianity


Green = Islam


Grey = Atheism

Prevailing Religions in the rough area of a reunited Yugoslavia

Languages

As well as its religious and ethnic groups, a reunited Yugoslavia's linguistic groups would also be incredibly diverse too. Serbo-Croatian would be the most spoken language within the country's borders at 60% or just over half of the population speaking it. Albanian would be the next at 25%, followed by Slovenian at 12%. The final 3% of the population would be a mix of various other small languages being spoken within the country.

One specific official language for Yugoslavia would be quite difficult to predict, but I suspect there would be many different official languages, based on the most spoken.

Military Size

The last topic we need to think about a reunited Yugoslavia is its military, which would of course be no disappointment as well. Starting off with manpower, the country would possess a small size of 76,450 active-duty personnel, which would be the 51st largest force in the world, larger than the militaries of other countries like Argentina (74,200 troops) and Singapore (72,500 troops), but smaller than Chile's (77,200 troops) and Peru's (81,000 troops).

Yugoslavia's budget to fund this military would be a sufficient amount, at a very modest $2.2 Billion, which would be the 68th highest in the world, larger than Nigeria's ($2.1 Billion) and Syria's ($2 Billion) budgets but slightly smaller than Azerbaijan's ($2.27 Billion) and Lebanon's ($2.3 Billion).

One downside to Yugoslavia's military, however, would be that they wouldn't possess any Nuclear Weapons of their own but could control a small arsenal of shared nukes if the country joined NATO but this would be highly unclear.

Overall, if it were to reunite today, Yugoslavia would become one of the key European powers and have a strong place in its politics and influence in the Balkans. It is unclear whether the country would adopt Socialism/Communism as its ideology as it did in the past or would adopt a new ideology like Capitalism and maybe even open up friendly relations to Western countries, but of course, any theory can be possible in this rapidly-changing world. One problem a reunited Yugoslavia would face though would be who to rule the country as Josip Tito, its former leader, past away in 1980. In my opinion for this, the only people capable of handling such a task would be none other than the Quadruple Alliance themselves, who would definitely lead it through peace and prosperity! Anyway, here are the voting options for this vote:

Brazilian Empire | A united CANZUK | Frankish Empire | Seljuk Empire

And finally, that brings us to the end of this part of the series. If you have any other new suggestions for any significant empires you want me to cover then please let me know in the comments. But for now, I would like to thank you all so much for reading and goodbye! :)
103 Recent Comments
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Level 62
Oct 14, 2021
Voting has ended! The request to reunite the Seljuk Empire has won with 6 votes. Here are the final standings:

Seljuk Empire | 6 votes | 1st Place

Brazilian Empire | 5 votes | 2nd Place

Frankish Empire | 2 votes | 3rd Place

A united CANZUK | 1 vote | 4th Place

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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
Great! It would have been cool if Yugoslavia stayed around for longer, but I guess they were so used to Tito that it couldn't work without him. For the full Yugoslav experience I listened to this in the background lol

I vote for... CANZUK

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Level 62
Oct 11, 2021
Haha lol. That sounds like a good remix :)

I'll add your vote to the polls soon :)

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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
wait haha and lol both mean laughing lol
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Level 62
Oct 11, 2021
but together they mean laughing a lot out loud lol
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
Also, I don't speak Sinhala.

this'll be really out of context lol

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Level 62
Oct 11, 2021
i bet people will be asking why so random lol
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Level 66
Oct 11, 2021
Really? I thought it was Igbo?

lemme add onto this

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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
why were you asking lol
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
Actually it was originally Kurdish.
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Level 62
Oct 11, 2021
I was just curious, when you said you could speak Tamil lol

And before you ask lol, I can speak it :)

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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
i cant speak tamil either, i just know a few words, i can only speak telugu and english

i really need to learn more languages ;-;

Also I gave a longer reply in the group in case you didn't see

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Level 43
Oct 11, 2021
Eu num sei falar esse trem de Naturian sô! Que breguete é esse diacho? (Mineirês Level High)
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
translate please
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Translation:

I can't talk about that Naturian train only! What breguete is this diacho?

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Level 43
Oct 12, 2021
Trem means everything on Mineirês. I’m a trem, you’re a trem, JetPunk is a trem. If you translate “trem”, you’ll receive “train”, but we don’t say trem for train. We say “maria-fumaça” lol

Breguete is also like train. Is a “thing”.

Diacho is an interjection of angriness. Is also used on Northeast accent.

And sô, is “senhor”, that means “sir”.

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
And @BGG, now that you told me that I got motivated to learn Tamil again lol

And where did you learn Sinhala?

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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
I learned Sinhala as a side language and also my grandmother is Sri Lankan so I'm technically 1/8 Sinhalese lol.
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Ah, cool! Maybe you should make a blog about languages, I haven't seen anyone on JetPunk, at least in our groups, who knows more languages than you other than Jiaozira lol
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Oh lol. I speak 5 languages fluently (Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Sinhala) and I'm learning 2 languages (Telugu and Hindi from our language groups lol).
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2021
PORTUGUÊS! 😎
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Lol I'm not really teaching you since we're not checking those groups often. If you want you can check it more often and I can teach you more properly :)

I speak English, Indian English, Telugu, Telunglish, Englelugu, Hinglish, Hin (3/5s of Hindi), t (1/10 of Tamil), and Pig Latin :D

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Here are examples of all of them:

English: Today I'm going to go for a walk.

Indian English: Same thing, just different way of saying it

Telugu: Ivaalla nenu nadavadaaniki velltaanu.

Telunglish: Today nenu walk ki velltaanu

Englelugu: Ivaalla I am going for a walk

Hinglish: Today mein walk par ja raha hun

Hin: Aaj mein.....

t: Inikki.......

Pig Latin: Odaytay Iway amway oinggay orfay away alkway

Ah yes, and Naturian of course: Iradzi am madzoye'k velov'na

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
did you read this
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Level 52
Oct 11, 2021
Why do I even bother commenting when you already know what I’m going to say? Oh, right, to vote. I’ll go with the riveting choice of the Seljuk Empire.

RIP Cryptic Era

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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol I'm sure riveting will become some sort of meme which only you can say lol. I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 71
Oct 11, 2021
Seljuk
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
I'll add that to the polls :)
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Level 43
Oct 11, 2021
BRAZILIAN EMPIREEE!

And who don’t like BGG’s blogs, throw the first cactus. Amazing as always (check the group 🙃)!

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Level 43
Oct 11, 2021
I’m thinking now about a continent, if united, like South America, Africa, the Middle East... But that’s just... incredible. BRAZILIAN EMPIREEEEE 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2021
I think the Arab world would be good, you should put that in the next voting lol
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
@MG, What an obvious choice lol. I'll add that to the polls soon :)

@Thread, Are you talking about a united Arab world?

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Level 43
Oct 12, 2021
Yes, we are thinking about some continents if united (spicing the challenge lol)
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Thanks a lot! I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
BRASIL-SIL-SIL
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Level 37
Oct 11, 2021
Cool blog! I'm going with the Brazilian empire again I wanna stay "loyal" with one empire for now.
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Level 43
Oct 11, 2021
Yay!
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol I'll add that to the polls :)
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2021
What an impeccably sublime and riveting blog! So, um.. Yugoslavia.. um, I have nothing to say. Sorry. Anyway, I'll vote for the Seljuq Empire.
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol thanks! You don't need to say anything more so don't worry lol. I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2021
ERROR! THERE IS NOT SELJUQ EMPIRE! CANCELED VOTE MWAHAHAHAHAHA
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2021
What? It's gone? OK, Seljuk then. :)
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2021
😑
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Level 54
Oct 12, 2021
Seljuk empire
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
I'll add that to the polls soon :)
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Level 60
Oct 12, 2021
I vote Frankish Empire
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Level 60
Oct 12, 2021
yay yugoslavia has been waiting for this moment
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol I'll add your vote to the polls :)

isn't it weird that as soon as Thread said yugoslavia would never win the votes it won the vote lol

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
CANZUK will never win the votes!

now it will!

Lol and the reason it came is because I switched my vote.

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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol imagine if it actually does win the votes. I think I'd ought to do something special on the blog lol and you should go to Hogwarts for the insane magic haha.
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
please no i despise magic

now i want canzuk to lose so i dont have to go to hogwarts

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Level 73
Oct 12, 2021
Do you mean Thread is magical? Such advanced level of controlling minds can be done only by Snape and um.. You-Know-Who. That means you are a Slytherin! He probably also speaks Parseltongue 🐍 lol.
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please plz no

I HATE MAGIC

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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
Why don't you like magic lol?
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
Because… i dont. I just don’t lol
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Level 73
Oct 13, 2021
Maybe Thread is like Petunia Dursley lol.
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Level 71
Oct 12, 2021
good thing it is not united now...
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Lol
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2021
I am saying this because so much more tension would be in the world but I kind of feel bad for Serbia
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2021
Let's write something in Aficionadoan..

Berry badi baat! As du paty, ich matdanisch Selyuk sultaanysui.

Let's see if you can figure out what this sentence means ;)

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Let me try!

Lalagi ayicaminur, ici blogi va cer cer gori! Am ance atone, am encona lai KONDZUR unai. I am satonale Lakalba, ile Tamilba, atona-cul Teluguba i Angalba. Taiku ciribatolida'k karan'k macami Tamilbal budzo-ye k'morecon! K'asopa kondzo cami-lo hal saky'ato-ye'ni!

Okay that was way too hard, sorry.

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Level 43
Oct 12, 2021
Mas que diacho é esse sô? Ocês tão é lelé da cuca!
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
E Aficionadoan, uma das maiores linguas do mundo lol
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
E Naturian é o segundo maior :) i did without translator, is this right?
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
If you are supposed to say "And Naturian is the second largest" then it is correct! Let's wait for the Portugues master to clarify first lol.

Also, I mean to say that Aficionadoan is one of the largest so including yours lol.

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Yes, that's what I was saying.
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2021
Ok, the comment I posted above translates as:

“Very nice blog! As you know, I have already voted for the Seljuk Sultanate/Empire.“

Du arst Slankan? Dat matlabest du arst een o'us – en bug o'di dakin Asie diaspora!

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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Am, tai va ak l'amnur :D (yes, you are one of us)

And my comment was: Like always, this blog was very very great! And you already know, I choose the CANZUK union. And I do not know Sinhala, nor Tamil, I know only Telugu and English. Because of your comment, I have started learning Tamil again! Hopefully in some time I will also be able to speak it!

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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
and can you give the exact translation of that aficionado lol
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Level 73
Oct 13, 2021
Which one?
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
Du arst Slankan? Dat matlabest du arst een o'us – en bug o'di dakin Asie diaspora!
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Level 73
Oct 13, 2021
You are Sri Lankan? That means you are one of us – a part of the south Asian diaspora!
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
I'm only 1/8 Sri Lankan so I'm not really but technically, I am a bit lol.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Isso mermo uai! Parabéns procê Thread!
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
In Naturian: Tai eva lankal? Adzi sinyoha, tai va ak l’amnur! Ak pur k’lai pudzinura k’Sudaki-Asia!
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
Translation please
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
Same as what Aficionado said :)
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
Oh okay lol.

we have reached 100 comments on this blog yay

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Level 31
Oct 12, 2021
Amazing! My vote goes to the Frankish Empire this time.
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
Thanks! I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 31
Oct 13, 2021
On the other hand, I think I'll actually change my vote to the Seljuks.
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
That's fine. I'll change your vote now :)
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Level 16
Oct 12, 2021
I'll vote for the Brazilian Empire because it's my favourite empire.
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
I'll add that to the polls :)
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Level 15
Oct 12, 2021
Brazilian Empire for me as well.
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2021
I'll add that too :)
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Caham... can’t you change a little pinned comment...? Lol
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
I would like to change my vote to Seljuk Empire. I would prefer CANZUK, but it isn't winning so I will resort to tactical voting, and choose Seljuk Empire because I really don't want Brazilian Empire to win.
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2021
Oh yeah, also maybe you could do What if Regions Gained Independence in this series, I'm sure that would not be controversial at all :D :D :D :D
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
Haha that's a good idea! I'll start off with Texas on the voting polls lol.

I'll change your vote now :)

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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
No California!! Or I will nuke London DO CALIFORNIA!!! lol
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2021
Okay lol. I'll do California :)
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2021
And do California from this map lol, that'll be even better than just the current California map :)

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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Better map? Not in my books lol! But yeah, it would be great, despite is only a simple comparison for the countries using the data of the region...
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Yeah, you’re boring Thread lolol
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Level 65
Oct 14, 2021
And also, you should add Ghurid Empire to the next poll, they had a lot of land so it would be interesting :)

And how come you've never done USSR or Russian Empire lol?

AND THE CHOLAS!! I will never stop asking for the Cholas!

Or the Vijayanagaras, the world's most underrated empire.

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Level 62
Oct 15, 2021
Lol I'll take all of those into consideration :)

I haven't done the USSR because a JetPunk user already asked me if they could do that and I said yes a few months ago. I can't believe I haven't done the Russian Empire yet. I think I completely forgot about that lol.

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Level 40
Oct 15, 2021
FINALLY!!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SO LONG (this blog has 100 comments btw)
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Level 62
Oct 15, 2021
100 comments is just insane lol even though most of the comments are just from the Quadruple Alliance
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Level 60
Oct 19, 2021
You should do the East African Federation
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Level 62
Oct 20, 2021
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try to implement that very soon into the votes :)