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In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> Alain LaBont=
> For example, if Qu=E9bec (a territory currently 3 times as big as France)>
> eventually became a country it would have its code...
Yes, as Quebec does not already have a country code.
However, if Greenland decided to become fully independent from
Denmark, there would not be a new code, as GL already exists for
Greenland (some associated territories also have "country codes" as
they stand now).
> and the current numeric code for Canada would designate a different
Yes, as happened for YU Yugoslavia.
> Would that mean even a different numeric code for the new country
> designated as Canada?
No. The numeric codes are set by the United Nations Statistical
Office, in New York, and adopted verbatim by the ISO 3166/MA.
In passing, I too deplore the recent change to the 3-letter code for
Romania. That would have less practical implications in IT systems
than any changes to the 2-letter code.
The recent change to the 3-letter code would have been done by the
ISO 3166/MA, and not by the United Nations Statistical Office.
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