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Murtagon

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What do you think are the biggest historic and present-day mistakes of your country of origin? This includes the people/nation, as well.

For Bulgaria, I think the most prominent ones are the following:

- not having a generally stable order of succession until the late 19th century - this led to a lot of infighting and usurpations, etc.;
- splitting into many states in the 14th century - this meant that the Ottomans could simply follow the principle of "Divide and Conquer";
- not having a good historiographical and genealogical tradition - many people now have a hard time tracing their ancestries, myself included;
- relying on foreign powers to liberate us towards the end of the 19th century - this created a often misused debt to Russia, as well as a feeling that we cannot accomplish anything on our own;
- the Second Balkan War of 1913 - it caused the so-called "First National Catastrophe";
- abolishing the monarchy in 1946 and not restoring it in the 1990s - this partially led to Tsar Simeon II being elected PM in 2001, which tarnished his reputation immensely and ruined any plans for a restoration for the foreseeable future;
- renaming the Bulgarian Turks in the mid-1980s in the most idiotic and inhumane way possible - this nearly caused a war and led to a brief isolation of Bulgaria from all sides;
- recognising the independence of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 1992 - this made the entire technically state-supported POV that the "Macedonians" are ethnically Bulgarian pointless from the very start, etc.;
- not doing enough decommunization after the 1980s - no more needs to be said here, on a monarchist forum;
- keeping GERB in power for nearly a decade now - oh dear, where do I start...


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On the historical side, I would say 1) ever conquering Ireland in the first place and 2), which was worse, not ruling it decently and humanely once we had. Mention should also be made of our involvement in the slave trade, a national shame that went on for centuries. More recently, 1) ever joining the EEC in the first place and 2) ever electing any Labour government. We may however be about to trump those by 1) remaining in the EU despite the democratic decision of the electorate to leave, directly expressed via referendum but thwarted by the Euromaniac wing of our political classes and 2) electing a Corbyn-led Labour government.

The third 1) would be so bad not because I think the EU is so utterly terrible but because the wounds and divisions caused by the exit process will never heal while the electorate's decision continues to be thwarted. Also because it's like the entire country has been put on hold for the last three years, it really is time to hang up and get on with something else. A lot of somethings else, actually. Today may see us finally take a big stride forward, or may end with the operator coming back to us and asking if we could hold for, oh, another three months or so. At least. The third 2) doesn't look much of a threat according to opinion polls. But then again, opinion polls when the 2017 election was announced showed Labour being marmelised. Didn't happen, and I'm counting no electoral chickens this time until they're settled on their roosts.
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On the historical side, I would say 1) ever conquering Ireland in the first place and 2), which was worse, not ruling it decently and humanely once we had. Mention should also be made of our involvement in the slave trade, a national shame that went on for centuries. More recently, 1) ever joining the EEC in the first place and 2) ever electing any Labour government. We may however be about to trump those by 1) remaining in the EU despite the democratic decision of the electorate to leave, directly expressed via referendum but thwarted by the Euromaniac wing of our political classes and 2) electing a Corbyn-led Labour government.

The third 1) would be so bad not because I think the EU is so utterly terrible but because the wounds and divisions caused by the exit process will never heal while the electorate's decision continues to be thwarted. Also because it's like the entire country has been put on hold for the last three years, it really is time to hang up and get on with something else. A lot of somethings else, actually. Today may see us finally take a big stride forward, or may end with the operator coming back to us and asking if we could hold for, oh, another three months or so. At least. The third 2) doesn't look much of a threat according to opinion polls. But then again, opinion polls when the 2017 election was announced showed Labour being marmelised. Didn't happen, and I'm counting no electoral chickens this time until they're settled on their roosts.

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