Established after World War I as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the monarchy was overthrown by the German invasion, and fled into exile. The independence movement in Yugoslavia saw the rise of Josef Tito who worked to establish a republic both during and following the war. Following the liberation with assistance from the Soviet and Romanian forces, Tito's republic was established and the King in exile was forced to abdicate. Shortly thereafter, a Soviet style government was set up but with a number of differences which caused tension between Tito and Stalin. Never a member of the Warsaw Pact, Yugoslavia maintains cordial, but cool, relations with all of its neighbors, regardless of their political allegiance.
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