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Three decades later, the Carantanians were incorporated, together with the Bavarians, into the Carolingian Empire.

During the same period Carniola, too, came under the Franks, and was Christianised from Aquileia.

A crucial battle between Theodosius I and Eugenius took place in the Vipava Valley in 394.

During World War II, Slovenia was occupied and annexed by Germany, Italy, and Hungary, with a tiny area transferred to the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi puppet state.

Afterward, it was a founding member of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, later renamed the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a communist state which was the only country in the Eastern Bloc which was never part of the Warsaw Pact.

In the transition period between the Bronze age to the Iron age, the Urnfield culture flourished.

Archaeological remains dating from the Hallstatt period have been found, particularly in southeastern Slovenia, among them a number of situlas in Novo Mesto, the "Town of Situlas".

In June 1991, after the introduction of multi-party representative democracy, Slovenia split from Yugoslavia and became an independent country.

In 2002, remains of pile dwellings over 4,500 years old were discovered in the Ljubljana Marshes, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Ljubljana Marshes Wooden Wheel, the oldest wooden wheel in the world.

The Carantanians, one of the ancestral groups of the modern Slovenes, particularly the Carinthian Slovenes, was the first Slavic people to accept Christianity.

They were mostly Christianized by Irish missionaries, among them Modestus, known as the "Apostle of Carantanians".

For the landlocked country to its northeast, see Slovakia.

For the historic region of Croatia to its east, see Slavonia. Historically, the current territory of Slovenia was part of many different state formations, including the Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, followed by the Habsburg Monarchy.

The area that is present-day Slovenia was in Roman times shared between Venetia et Histria (region X of Roman Italia in the classification of Augustus) and the provinces Pannonia and Noricum.

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