[tz] Preparing to fork tzdb

Clive D.W. Feather clive at davros.org
Wed Sep 22 07:34:15 UTC 2021

Tony Finch said:
>> Oh, please define "country".
> Jon Postel deftly answered that question in the 1980s by deferring to ISO
> 3166,

Except that the ISO 3166 list contained Belorussia and Ukraine, both of
which were part of the USSR that was also in the list.

The only reason they were in the list was a 1940s deal to give the USSR
three votes in the UN to counter the fact that there were more "western"
countries than Warsaw Pact ones.

So there was no genuine logic to that list, just politics.

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