Give FYROM its pre-1940 name: VARDARSKA
For those seeking a name for the Slavic country currently referred to as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), a few things to keep in mind:
1. The name Macedonia came from the ancient Dorian Greeks, who were called "Macedni". The ancient Macedonians were Dorian Greeks who entered the area of Macedonia at about 1100 B.C., long before any Slavic population appeared in that part of the world.
2. The ancient Macedonian capital was Pella in Northern Greece (nothing to do with Slavic Skopje).
3. The language of Ancient Macedonians was the Koine (Κοινή - common) Greek dialect, which was standardised as the language of formal discourse and official communication by the 4th century BC. As the allied Greek states under the leadership of Alexander the Great conquered and colonised the known world, their newly formed common Greek dialect was spoken from Egypt to the fringes of India.
4. All inscriptions, including coins, found in Macedonia dating from before the advent of the Romans are Greek, as are the names of the people and their gods.
5. The name ALEXANDER (Αλέξανδρος) derives from the Greek words αλέξω (to repel, send away) and ανήρ (man; genitive case ανδρός), and means "he who repels (inimical) men, wards them off". Alexander's father was Philip II of Macedon. The name Philip is produced from the prefix Philo (meaning "friend of") and the word hippos (meaning "horse") - he who loves horses. Alexander's half sister had a Greek name, Thessalonike ("victory of the Thessalians"), as did his famed horse, Bucephalus ("ox-head").
6. Alexander the Great and his teacher, Aristotle, were of course Greek and spoke Greek.
7. Ancient Macedonians competed in the ancient Olympic Games. Early Macedonian participants include Archelaus (Olympics, Pythians 408 BC) and Philip II (Olympics 356 BC, 352 BC and 348 BC). Amyntas III in 371 BC took also part in a Panhellenic congress, concerning Amphipolis. From the age of Perdiccas III 365 BC onwards, Macedonian participation in Panhellenic Games and Festivals became common. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ancient_Macedonians#Athletes
8. The ancient Macedonian kingdom ceased to exist in 168 B.C., when it was conquered by the Romans. The name Macedonia, however, survived in Roman and Byzantine times - as did the names of most other parts of the ancient Greek world - as a name for various administrative units not necessarily overlapping with ancient Macedonia. The borders of the Macedonia region were reshaped over time and were most recently standardized to include present-day FYROM in the later Ottoman period.
9. Slavic tribes migrated to the region from the territories of modern Belarus, Poland, European Russia and Ukraine during the 6th century A.D., 800 years after Alexander the Great lived. These Slavs spoke a different language, settled in a region that was largely outside the territory of ancient Macedonia, and were in no way related to Alexander the Great or the Ancient Greek civilization.
10. A part of the region's Slav population began using the regional Macedonian name as their ethnic name towards the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century, based on the borders of the Ottoman-era Macedonia province.
11. Following the Balkan wars of the early 20th century (1912-14), the territory of the present-day Macedonia region was divided: 51.6% retained by Greece; 38.3% parceled to Yugoslavia; 10.1% parceled to Bulgaria.
1. Rename FYROM to Vardarska
2. Macedonia is 100% Greek