When the Soviet Union dissolved only two years later, not with a bang but with a whimper, we were slack-jawed with surprise.
Fifteen new nations formed as the Soviet Union dissolved; Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Sudan into North Sudan and South Sudan.
No one I knew of had ever seriously considered the possibility that without any conflict, treaty, war, or even a coin toss, the Soviet Union would simply vote itself into nonexistence in 1991.
Imagine if someone had come to you on January 1, 1991, and said, Before the end of the year, the Soviet Union will vote itself into nonexistence and peacefully break into fifteen republics.
In support of this perspective, similarities have been drawn between the basket of economic rights proposed by Roosevelt and those guaranteed in the constitution of the Soviet Union at the time.