Re: why must Debian call Taiwan a "Province of China"?
Miles Bader <firstname.lastname@example.org> schrieb/wrote:
> Anthony Johnson <email@example.com> writes:
>> certainly it is NOT a bug. Anyone with half a brain can see that.
> So how do you justify the brokenness of the Taiwan entry -- which unlike
> every other entry, doesn't properly yield the name of the country?
Given that the People's Republic of China is a UN member state whereas
the Republic of China/Taiwan is not, is is only /consequent/ to label
Taiwan that way.
That does not mean Debian -- or everyone else -- has to follow.
BTW, there are a lot of other names from ISO 3166 that IMO should be
changed for everyday use:
Short name contains unnecessary parts from the full official name
(probably for political hyper-correctness):
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF;IR => IRAN
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC;LA => LAOS
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF;FM => MICRONESIA
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF;MD => MOLDOVA
TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF;TZ => TANZANIA
A different short name is more common (again, the UN name was probably
chosen for political correctness):
KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF;KP => KOREA, NORTH
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF;KR => KOREA, SOUTH
Other "strange" entries:
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE);VA => VATICAN
The country is "Vatican City State". The "Holy See" is the Pope. The
"Vatican" is not a UN member, whereas the "Holy See" is a (permanent
IIRC) observer. So again, it's logical for the UN to use the name of the
entity that has closer relations to the UN.
For non-UN bodies, the use of the country name "Vatican (City State)" is
PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED;PS => PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
This is actually the most problematic entry. Leaving out the
"occupied" is not a big problem, though. It might be controversial
whether to use just "PALESTINE", however. ^