Please give me an outline of the "Macedonia" naming dispute and what each country wants/asks for.Its a bit confusing because I learnt in school that Macedonia is Greek, the name is a region in...

Please give me an outline of the "Macedonia" naming dispute and what each country wants/asks for.

Its a bit confusing because I learnt in school that Macedonia is Greek, the name is a region in northern greece and was an ancient Greeks empire from which Alexander originated. Now it seems that people of a slavic background wish to be name their country Macedonia.

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The original Macedonia was in fact located in what is now Greece.  However, in the time of the Romans, both the original Macedonia and the areas to its north were put together by the Romans into one province which was named Macedonia.  This put Greeks and Slavs together in one province.

In the naming dispute today, the country that is now generally called the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) wants simply to be known as Macedonia.  The Greeks feel that this is an attempt to essentially steal the heritage of Macedonia (Alexander the Great, etc).  They also fear that the use of the name might encourage the government of FYROM to make further claims on what is now Greek territory.  Therefore, they want some sort of qualified or descriptor put in front of "Macedonia."  They would accept a name like "New Macedonia" or "North Macedonia," but not simply "Macedonia.

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