- It makes sense to start new threads and change subjects. What's below has nothing to do with tax collection in Austria-Hungary.
> did not the Soviet overseers put Slovaks in charge in manyExactly what you say, Chuck. The locals held all the offices from the lowest up to the country leadership, Russian was taught as a foreign language, but never used... Communist-dominated Central Europe was quite different from the states of the Soviet Union. The countries were formally independent and their internal situation differed even from each other, not just, and substantially so, from the Soviet Union. Life in them seemed like paradise by comparison.
> of the political/military administrative roles in the 'united'
> Czecho-Slovak "Republic?"
The Soviet Union built the same kind of "Iron Curtain" along its borders with Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, as the whole Soviet bloc erected along its border with the West. The Slovaks, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians were not allowed to travel in the Soviet Union except in guided groups or on organized business trips and to study -- little different from the Western visitors, it was very difficult for the Soviet citizens to visit Communist-dominated Central Europe, etc., etc.