This paid off for the Croats when the Serbs tried to hold on to big chunks of territory. Eventually the US and the Germans retrained the Croat military with an eye towards defeating a Warszaw Pact style force, and they kicked the Serbs' butts. Serbia is still a lot like Russia, saying the right things but there's still too many politicians who miss the days of empire. The Croats and Slovenes are solidly in our camp.
Not quite, after Tito died everyone knew it was going to breakup, it was just a matter of who got what at what point. Serbia wanted Kosovo back in its fold after Tito disallowed the ethnically cleansed Serbs of WWII to return and since Albanian violence against Serbs was going on unimpeded, there were loud calls for Belgrade to intervene in order to prevent the whole sale murder of the Serbian populace.
Not only did Tito relocate Serbian businesses to other parts of Yugoslavia but also intentionally separated large swaths of Serbian populated areas in order to weaken Serbia politically.
To call Croatia “firmly” in our camp is tenuous, Croatia looks out for Croatian interests.
“Serbia is still a lot like Russia, saying the right things but there’s still too many politicians who miss the days of empire.”
You mean the empire the Allies awarded them after WWI for fighting on their side, then forced them to give up in the early 1990s.
Who was in control of the JNA in December of 1990?...Do you know?