Macedonia is a country in South East Europe on the Balkan peninsula. Macedonians had through history been divided between Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria, nevertheless preserving their national identity. During the WWII, Macedonia was occupied by several armies, most welcomed by the population was the Bulgarian army. There were ideas to unite all Macedonians under the umbrella of Bulgaria although proposals were also made to create an independent Macedonia. All such attempts however failed when the communist partisan movement gathered more strength in Macedonia. After the victory of communist partisans, terror was launched against all non-communist forces and supporters of independence. Not only the Macedonian nationalists but also several local communists were arrested for this. Dissident movement nevertheless continued in Macedonia until its declaration of independence after the breakup of Yugoslavia.