On 07/20/2010 05:38 AM, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
Kirrily Robert wrote:
On 20/07/2010, at 12:30 AM, Iain Sproat wrote:
Perhaps a "UN recognized country" type? (using the United Nations
as the defining body to avoid disputes about whether, e.g. Taiwan
I feel like that type, documented to be "currently recognised only",
would be a (rare!) useful bucket type.
I like the idea, too.
Consider also, instead of or in addition to that, a property on Country
for recognized-by; it could be the reciprocal of recognizes (also on
Country, or on a new type like Diplomatic Entity), or could use a CVT
for dates of recognition.
For example, the US didn’t recognize PR China until the 1970s; the US
recognizes RO China, but PR China does not; the US recognized
Bosnia-Herzegovina before Serbia did.
Applying this property to the country type strikes me as a rabbit-hole. Would we
go through and fill out every country that recognized PRC and the dates for when
that happened? What about other country pairs? I'd conjecture that the
information might not even be available. For instance, when did Burkina Faso
recognize the United States as a country; and is that information pertinent in
any way? It might be more pragmatic to create a type that applies only to
countries whose recognition is a contentious subject (or was at some point in time).