Earliest political memory of the day #123

In 1990…

When I was about 6, we were colouring a map of the word. After we had done so, our teacher explained to us that one of the countries (the now ‘former’ USSR) didn’t exist anymore. We all had to add a caption to the bottom of our maps, stating ‘the USSR has broken up and changed its name’. I couldn’t understand how a country could no longer ‘exist’ but I understood that it could change its name…

Any thoughts?