or Long Life the Republic! Today, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia. A free, fully democratic state. In 1918, this country got independence on the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where it was forcidibly put into three centuries earlier. The Bohemian Kingdom was once - at the reign of Charles IV in 14th Century - the very center of the old Europe and was even the center of the predecessor of the EU - the Holy Roman Empire. Since 1918, Czechoslovakia ceased to exist two times - first when it was taken by the Nazis between 1939-1945 and then in 1993, when Czechoslovakia split peacefully into two independent countries - Czech Republic and Slovakia. Nonetheless, some of us living in this country want to bear the tradition of a multicultural, peaceful and super-successful country that Czechoslovakia was, as we say, "between the world wars". This is also why we celebrate a National Day of a state that actually does not exist anymore.