Secessionist ideals promise happiness ever after, but what are the realities?

Disintegration of the Soviet Union into 15 secessionist states and the collapse of the former Yugoslavia heralded the greatest tectonic shift amongst Europe's borders since World War 2. Notwithstanding a cordial parting of the Czech and Slovak republics, it was widely assumed that continental nationalistic upheaval was firmly a thing of the past. The subsequent…