Montenegro's History

Before the Romans conquered Montenegro in 9AD the area was part of Illyria and home to Illyrian tribes. Rome was replaced by Byzantium and from the 5th Century Slavs began to settle in the region eventually dominating it. In 1042 Duklja Principality, inside modern Montenegro, became independent but in 1186 was incorporated into Serbia. In 1499 the Ottoman Turks arrived but Montenegro enjoyed considerable autonomy and from the 18th Century authority was vested in a Prince-Bishop. In 1878 Montenegro cut all ties to the Ottomans were ended and through many wars its territory was enlarged until reaching its current borders in 1912. In 1910 Prince Nicholas declared himself a King. In WWI Montenegro supported Serbia but was overrun by Austria-Hungary and later incorporated into Yugoslavia in 1918. In WWII the Axis occupiers attempted to restore Montenegro’s independence but Yugoslavia was restored in 1944. In 1992 Montenegro voted to stay within Yugoslavia but another vote in 2006 supported independence.

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Montenegro's ethnic minorities include Albanians and Bosniaks but many Montenegrins see themselves as Serbs first. This sizable minority in Montenegro support closer ties to their Slavic brothers in Serbia while NATO interests promote integration with the EU; Montenegro already uses the Euro. An alleged (amateurish) Russian coup was supposedly planned during 2016 elections, which was more likely staged to scare people into supporting NATO, which the country did join in 2017. The small nation was scandalised to see Donald Trump arrogantly push the country's prime minister aside at a NATO event soon afterwards, which ironically does symbolise the small nation's real place in the world.

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