Lets look at the last 20 years...
1984 Social pact established between government, trade unions, and business; national debt rescheduled as oil revenues plummetted.
1987 Widespread social unrest triggered by inflation; student demonstrators shot by police.
1989 An economic austerity programme was instigated. Price increases triggered riots known as Caracazo; 300 people were killed. Martial law was
declared and a general strike followed. Elections were boycotted by opposition groups.
1992 An attempted antigovernment coup failed, at a cost of 120 lives.
1996 Former President Carlos Andrs Prez was found guilty on corruption charges and imprisoned.
1999 Hugo Chvez was inaugurated as president. Flooding and mudslides swamped Venezuela's Caribbean coast in late December, resulting in death tolls
as high as 30,000, at least 150,000 homeless civilians from 23,000 destroyed homes, 70,000 evacuees, and 96,000 damaged homes.
2000 Despite a shrinking economy, Hugo Chvez was re-elected as president, pledging to redistribute oil wealth from the rich to the poor. He later took
a leading role in persuading the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC) to restrict world oil production to force up prices. In
November, Chvez was given powers to legislate on certain issues by decree.
2002 President Chvez resigned from office under military pressure following street violence. Pedro Carmona Estanga, leader of the conservative
business lobby, headed a transitional government; the National Assembly and Supreme Court were closed by decree, the recent constitution annulled, and
the country renamed Republic of Venezuela. However, within a day he was forced to resign as Chvez returned to power with the support of paratroops and
the presidential guard.
2003 A two-month opposition-led strike against the government of left-wing President Hugo Chavez crumbled as private-sector workers returned to work.
However, the country's political and economic situation remained unstable.
Well, at least it wouldn't be boring. But..... nah.