[tz] Theory - proposal to delete the reference to population

Tobias Conradi tobias.conradi at gmail.com
Fri May 18 20:52:21 UTC 2012

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM, David Patte <dpatte at relativedata.com> wrote:
> International law says that any nation has the right to enfoce its own laws
> within its own territorial waters (12 nautical miles?), which implies that a
> nation COULD enforce timezone laws within its territorial waters. Many
> nations encourage it, but don't enforce it.
How is time offset observation enforced? It is used by government
agencies, but people are mostly free to do what they want. If several
people use a single different offset than is specified in law, then
the IANA time zone database records these.

For HM there is no report of such (systematic) deviation. In absence
Australian laws/regulations would apply.

But Paul Eggert does not want to incorporate them, giving as reason
that this tract of land and surrounding water has not permanent

Same for Bouvet Island, which belongs to the Kingdom of Norway and is
located ~3° east of the Greenwich Meridian.
§ 6. Norsk normaltid
Normaltiden i Norge er én time foran koordinert universaltid (UTC+1).

Removing the provision referring to population and creating zones for
BV and HM would solve the above issues and also help people that want
to have at least one zone per ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code.

Tobias Conradi
Rheinsberger Str. 18
10115 Berlin


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