With a vote for secession all but certain in the upcoming referendum, South Sudan finds itself the subject of international interest and speculation as it anticipates independence. While the majority of residents are convinced that life in that potential new state will be a vast improvement over that in a united Sudan, just how the two nations will untangle their economies and political allegiances remains to be seen.
Perhaps Sudan officials might be best served by studying some of these predecessors -- new nations which have been formed since 1990. The dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia in the early 1990s sparked the formation of many newly independent states.
And while you might be aware of some of these changes, we've chosen to focus the secession of some which are lesser known.
Take a look at some of the world's countries which have formed since 1990 here: