Friday, July 27, 2012

I think FYROM is a better name anyway

So, in the international version of a 2 year old's screaming fit, Macedonia still doesn't have a real name.
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Macedonia was one of the constitute parts of Yugoslavia.  When Yugoslavia (or Jugoslavia for those of you with OLD maps) broke apart, the first parting was all of the old "republics" of Yugoslavia (similar to the "states" in the USA).  Slovenia and Croatia became the countries of Slovenia and Croatia.  Serbia attempted to hold on to the name Yugoslavia and keep Serbia as well as Bosnia/Hertzogovinia - but we all know how that ended.
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And Macedonia became Macedonia FYROM.
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FYROM?
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Yes, you see Greece with 4,000 years of history - apparently has an inferiority complex.  They claim that the name "Macedonia" is theirs - as a name.  And, important to them because Alexander the Great came from Macedonia and both countries claim him.
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Greece complained that if Macedonia was allowed to use the name, they might claim more of Greece.  FYI, so NOT a problem, as Greece is a member of NATO and everyone from Turkey to USA to Canada to Germany is pledged to come to their defense if they were attacked. Really Greece is just having a temper tantrum.  And, in population, Macedonia settles between the size of San Juan, Puerto Rico and San Bernadino / Riverside California - not a powerhouse that is planning a midnight run on Athens.
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But Greece is a member of NATO and the EU so they can cause a fuss if they want to.  And they want to. Greece basically bottled Macedonia up until they changed their name.  But if there is anything I have learned from the Balkans is that the whole peninsula's motto could be "Never Forget an Insult", so Macedonia goes my the name FYROM - which stands for Former Yugoslavian Republic Of Macedonia.  So their name gets to be an open scab that both countries pick at will.
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Honestly, it is like dealing with 2 year olds.
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Maybe it seems weird to me because the US isn't really concerned with names.  Don't get me wrong - we have idiosyncratic phobias aplenty.  But names, not so much.  We have states named after foreign countries, ex-Kings and ex-Queens, Spanish Saints and "New" Old Country names.  Heck the capital of one of the Dakotas is named after Bismark!  Maybe FRYOM should become New Macedonia, and everything would be peachy.

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