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Definition of COUNTRY (Was: Resignation)

@ 05/05/2004 11:40 : wrote Wang WenRui :

Around 08 o'clock on 05 May, Steve Langasek wrote:
On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 01:57:21PM +0200, Hugo Wau wrote:
The name people are asking to have listed in the Debian installer is
Just *some* people do. Some of these people started a large thread in
debian-devel, debian-boot and debian-users here several weeks ago, IIRC.
"Taiwan".  Please explain how this is a politically-charged name.
The 2nd screen of d-i:

	/---------------------[Choose *country*]-----------------\
	| Choose your country:                                   |
	|                                                        |
	|  China                                                 |
	|  Hong Kong                                             |
	|  Taiwan                                                |
	|                                                        |
	|                                                        |

This is ridiculous. Nobody calls Hong Kong a country. When it comes to
Taiwan: Taiwan is a province of Republic of China and The People's
Republic of China considers Taiwan part of its sovereign territory[1].
Now something about the independence movement[2]:

Google is always our friend; Taiwan and Hong Kong are countries at least in the definitions ## 2, 3, 5, 7 *and* 9 below. If it's in the Web, it ougha be true.

1. the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn <http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=country>

2. a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land" www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn <http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=country>

3. the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn <http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=country>

4. an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country" www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn <http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=country>

5. a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country" www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn <http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=country>

6. the country of the address.
epawww.ciesin.org/raymine/fgdc/fgdcdefs.html <http://epawww.ciesin.org/raymine/fgdc/fgdcdefs.html>

7. n. [area of land which is separate and governs itself (I like travelling to other countries.)] negeri www.info-indo.com/language/engindo.htm <http://www.info-indo.com/language/engindo.htm>

8. – a sovereign nation or state.
www.whitehall.k12.mi.us/curriculum/socialstudies/glossaryofterms.htm <http://www.whitehall.k12.mi.us/curriculum/socialstudies/glossaryofterms.htm>

9. A term covering both (a) sovereign nations, and (b) nonsovereign territories (dependencies or colonies) which are not integral parts of larger parent nations.
www.retta.org/study/word-day.htm <http://www.retta.org/study/word-day.htm>

It is a political movement whose goal is to create a sovereign,
Republic of Taiwan out of the lands currently administered by the
Republic of China. It is supported by the pan-green coalition on Taiwan
and opposed by the pan-blue coalition and the People's Republic of
China, which favor Chinese reunification.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_independence

Please, people, let's work, calling Taiwan by the moniker "Taiwan" is *NOT* a political statement.


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