[tz] Preparing to fork tzdb

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Sep 21 19:44:22 UTC 2021

On 9/21/21 12:33 PM, Stephen Colebourne via tz wrote:
> The current unreleased state of tzdb is
> that it favours some countries over others, such as Germany over
> Sweden/Norway.

It also "favors" some states over others, such as Arizona (which has the 
America/Phoenix Zone) over Utah (which has no Zone). It's the same 
argument, and it's an equally invalid argument as far as timekeeping goes.

That sort of argument would be valid only if one accepted as an axiom 
that countries (or states) are an inherent part of timekeeping. But we 
don't need to take that as an axiom, and tzdb has done well to avoid 
nation-state political entanglements as much as possible.

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