The end of this year will see a centenary of the establishment of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes which was a predecessor to Yugoslavia.
Joseph Pisnetti posted a video clip on YouTube analyzing what would Yugoslavia fare today if it did not break up, and what position it would occupy in the world. Right at the beginning of his analysis, Pisnetti encounters a problem called Kosovo. The new Yugoslavia would be made up or either six or seven states depending on the number of countries that recognized Kosovo’s independence.
Pisnetti then moves to Bosnia and Herzegovina, pointing out that 2.4% of the country’s territory is covered by land mines left over from the wars following Yugoslavia’s collapse.
Hypothetically speaking, what would the united Yugoslavia look like if it was resurrected?
The country’s population would stand at just over 21 million, which would make it the eight most populated country in Europe, ahead of Romania but behind Poland. This is down from the old Yugoslavia’s population in 1991 which stood at 23 million. Every state that made the former Yugoslavia has a negative birth rate, apart from Macedonia.
The total nominal GDP of the recreated Yugoslavia would stand at $ 191 billion, making it the 53rd largest economy in the world.
Ethnically speaking, 35% of the population of the new Yugoslavia would be Serbs, 20% Croats, 11% Albanians, 9% Bosniaks, 8% Slovenians, 6% Macedonians, 1% Montenegrin and 10% other nationalities.
In terms of religious denomination, 43% of the population would be Eastern Orthodox Christians, 27% Catholic, 22% adhering to Islam, with the remaining 8% divided between non-religious persons and other faiths.
Speaking in military terms, the Yugoslav armed forces would have a modest budget of $2.2 billion and 228,000 total soldiers split between active duty and reserves. In the new Yugoslavia, Belgrade and Zagreb would be the biggest cities and the only ones which population exceeded 1 million.
(Vesti Online, 27.01.2018)
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