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Western Slavonia has its feet in two worlds: Its relative proximity to Zagreb provides a link to modern city life, while it also is part of the country's breadbasket, which stretches all the way to Croatia's eastern border. Farmland flows across the flat, fertile Pannonian plain as far as the eye can see. Here and there the endless horizon is broken up by a marshy nature area, national park, or steeple rising from one of the villages, towns, and cities that are Croatia's main agricultural producers. This part of Croatia also once had thriving industries that included flower-growing and a Lipizzan horse farm, but years of war and ethnic animosity sent the region's economy reeling, and it is just now starting to recover.