Welcome to the beautiful city of Skopje and the capital of …? Which name can be given to this new State? There is a dispute between Greece and Skopje regarding the name “Macedonia”, which is being tried to be used from the new State (FYROM) as the official name of the country. Further down you can read some information and historic facts about this dispute and we will also explain the most significant reasons that do not permit the use of the names "Macedonia" and "Macedonian" by this new State (former South Serbia, or Vardaska Republic or commonly Skopje Republic):
- No state, which is part of a geographical region, has the right to define itself arbitrarily, in an official manner as representing the whole region.
- Since there is no Macedonian race no ethnic or political reality can be represented as these names are clearly Greek in origin. The use of these names in ancient time for definions such as the Kingdom of Macedonia of Philip II or Alexander the Great, or the Macedonians denoted a region not a nationality. Macedonians, such as Athenians, Spartans, Cypriots, were all Greeks.
-It might initiate territorial claims against neighboring countries as it has happened many times up to now. A clear proof of their intentions is the provocative action in 1992, to adopt the Greek Star of Vergina in their flag. In the following map, which was published by the Skopje Officials in 1992, recerculated several times and included in schoolbooks, recently, their intentions are obvious.
- There is no homogeneity in the population of the new State. According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, on October 28, 1992, page 19, by Mr C.M. Woodhouse, a remarkable historian and former member of Parliament, who served Britain in Greece during and after W.W.II, the population is composed of 40-45 Slavs, 30% Albanians, 10% Greeks and 10% Gypsies and others.
- Anyone can realize the falsification of the history of Macedonia in the following false arguments, originated by the Skopje officials in order to defend their attempts to impose the use of the names Macedonia and Macedonian, which support the view that:
:: The Macedonians are not Greeks but form a separate nation.
:: Their language is not the Greek one, but the idiom spoken around the Skopje area.
:: Macedonia extends much farther towards the north than the borders of historical Macedonia, in such a way as to include actual slavic regions that have never been parts of Macedonia in antiquity which were actually parts of ancient Derdania.
:: The ancient Macedonians were not Greeks but a separate nation related to the Illyrians and Thracians.
:: The Slavs descending to the Balkans and Macedonia, during the 6th and 7th centuries A.D. were amalgated with the "non Greek" ancient Macedonians and thus created a new nation the Slavo-Macedonians.
:: The descendants of these Slavo-Macedonians of the Middle ages are today's Macedonians of Skopje.
:: In Bulgaria and Greece there are inhabitants who belong to the "Macedonian nation" forming oppressed minorities whose rights must be recognized.
:: Everything called "Macedonian" - manners, customs, culture etc - is not Greek, but a creation of the so called Macedonians of Skopje.
All these arguments cannot stand up to criticism as they are highly questionable in terms of historical, ethnological, cultural and sociological criteria.
The arguments against the use of the names "Macedonia" and "Macedonian" are substantial and when compared with the arguments of the Skopje Officials are overwhelming and determinative.
The invented claims of Skopjan origin are continuously proclaimed by the Skopje officials not only as a federal State but also and more persistently, now that is independent States. Though they cannot withstand even the most elementary criticism as they are untruthful and unjustified, the following evidence, will prove that the opposing arguments are substantially overwhelming and determinative.
Macedonia itself, with its milleniums of glory, does not allow the alteration of its history. Only the names of Aristotle and Alexander the Great and their contribution to the history of mankind, the first with his wisdom, the latter with his valor, politics and magnanimity, should have been enough to awaken all those who try to falsify its history.
Macedonia has always been the most advanced part and bastion of Greece.
All historical authorities agree that the geographical boundaries of ancient Macedonia were the following :
:: Aegean Sea and Kamvounia, Pierian and Olymbus mountains southwards.
:: Ochris and Prespa Lakes and Vamvouna, Skomio and Rodhopi mountains northwards.
:: Nestos river eastward and
:: Grammos and Pindus mountains westwards.