[tz] Number of active tz regions?

Zefram zefram at fysh.org
Wed Jul 17 18:50:07 UTC 2013

Eric Muller wrote:
>There is the situation of changes in administrative boundaries,
>                                                       It's unclear
>to me whether the areas that changed should have resulted in creating
>new TZ timezones, but they certainly have not.

Since the database associates each zone with a city or similar
concentration of population, perhaps these boundary changes should cause
creation of a distinct zone only where a city changes hands.  Taking the
Saudi-Yemen example, the territory changing jurisdiction is a large swath
of desert oilfield and a chunk of sea, both only lightly inhabited, not
making a pressing case for timezone tracking.  Actually the Saudi-Yemen
change also has no effect on the TZ database for a stronger reason: both
countries set their clocks the same (constant UT+3h since 1950), so the
boundary change doesn't actually affect the agreement of wall clocks.

When was the last time sovereignty changed over an appreciable conurbation
but not over its entire country?  There were some in the resolution of
World War II; any later?  Any since 1970?


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