Micheline de Felice, Nationalist Sentiment in Tito's Yugoslavia Faced with the failure of an economic and political system that threatens their power, the leaders of the three most developed Yugoslav republics are attempting to maintain their control at any price. As they have no credible political project, they have destroyed the federal system in favor of the creation of nation states, without hesitating to use armed force in the process. To justify themselves, they have incriminated the Tito regime as being tyrannical in relation to the national minorities. The inanity of these charges is revealed in the works of Yugoslav scholars. Nothing indicates that the present nationalist policies are enrooted in nationalist sentiments of a popular nature. The example of the Croatian nationalist movement of 1971 shows that nation must not be confused with state.