John Cowan cowan at
Thu Apr 20 18:51:16 CEST 2006

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> These are all good points.  Splitting of region subtags always creates 
> sticky problems.  Imagine if, through some stroke of diplomatic genius, 
> North and South Korea decided to reunify, and suppose further that usage 
> of the Korean language in KP and KR over the past 50 years has diverged 
> to the point where the tags "ko-KP" and "ko-KR" indicate a real 
> distinction.  If the reunified Korea retained either the KP or KR code 
> in ISO 3166-1, that tagging distinction would be lost.

Fortunately, due to our stability policies, it would still be possible for
us to distinguish.  Presumably UNSD would assign a new numeric for the
unified Korea, as it did for unified Germany.

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