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Old 03-08-2011, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Naxos View Post
For the same reason the United States of America did not call itself California.

As far as your reference to the world "kingdom", Greece (Ellada is the native name of the country) there were too many European kingdoms, mainly the German, the Russian and the British, that interfered with the politics of the area and each wanted to have a say to what will happen to this country after the native Greeks revolted against the 400 year occupation of the Turks.

Greece has many other areas with distinctive names but the main name that was used since ancient times was Ellada - Greece. Macedonia is one part of it.
Despite your hypothetical, nobody in America is trying to deny anyone else the use of the name California.

If you're saying the name Macedonia belongs to the Greeks, then the Greeks should have used it and named their country Macedonia. By choosing not to use it, they left it available for other people to use.

As for my reference to the word "Kingdom" - that's what the country called itself. Βασίλειον τῆς Ἑλλάδος - the Kingdom of Ellados. Greece was a Kingdom from 1832 to 1974 (with a republican break for nine years).