proposed time zone package changes (Russia, Curacao)

Paul Koning paul_koning at
Fri Jun 17 14:11:27 UTC 2011

On Jun 17, 2011, at 10:07 AM, Philip Newton wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 22:03, Paul Koning <paul_koning at> wrote:
>> timezone rules are political constructs.  So they are associated with countries, not cities (to the extent that cities != countries).
> They are? What is the timezone associated with the United States?

I didn't say there is just one.
> Timezones are associated with (politico-)geographical regions, which
> may be smaller than a country. (In theory, I suppose they could also
> be bigger than a country, but that sort of mutual agreement is not
> necessarily stable.)

That's my point.  Countries, or their subdivisions, are political constructs.  The claim was made that cities were preferred for zone names precisely because they are *not* political constructs, and I was pointing out that this may be true but would actually be an argument against city names.


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