Yeah. Tito’s Yugoslavia had the highest quality of life of all Eastern Bloc nations, dare I say even the SU. Comparing the Dalmatian coast to the French Riviera may be a stretch, but during the 70’s and into the 80’s, the cities and towns had a certain, je nais c’est quoi about them. On par with, say, parts of Spain or France at the time.
It didn’t start unraveling until Ronald “I hate even the thought of the word ‘communist’, except China” Reagan and Maggie decided to turn the taps off. Then a charasmatic leader, with odd hair and accent used the economic downturn to his advantage. Scraping Tito’s Bratsvo i Jedinstvo and targeting Muslims and minorities, and espousing Serb exceptionalism that would eventually lead to the breakup.