Macedonia (Macedonian: Μακεδονίας, Greek: Μακεδονίας, Fyrom: Македонија) officially the Kingdom of Macedonia or The Hellenic Kingdom is a country in southern Europe. Macedonia's history literally mirrors that of Greece and Bulgaria's and was formed in 1995 due to naming dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the modern day Macedonian province of Fyrom that was originally known as Macedonia. Although Macedonia is an independent country from Greece, many of the Macedonians living in southern and central Macedonia retain and hold tight to their Greek heritage and even formed their own Hellenic language known as Macedonian. But many of the Macedonians living in northern Macedonia hold to their Slavic heritage. Macedonia shares borders with Yugoslavia to the north, Greece to the south and Bulgaria to the west.
Like many countries. the modern day countries of Macedonia and Greece were inhabited by rivaling tribes of people. Eventually these tribes formed kingdoms within the area known as Greece and Macedonia. The main ethnicities emerged in the region, the Minoans, Bulgars, Thracians the Dorians and Myceneans. Today's modern day Greeks and Macedonians. Phillip II formed the Kingdom of Macedon, a northern Greek city-state. Alexander the Great was Phillip II's son, who conquered one of the largest territories in history defeating the Persians, one of the great rivals of the Greeks. To the further north, the Slavs began accumulating in the are about 680 AD. In 1014, the Macedonians defeated Bulgaria.
SR Macedonia of Yugoslavia
When Yugoslavia formed, Macedonia became part of Yugoslavia. Although Macedonia was a region, the area of the northern part of the region known as "Macedonia" was annexed by Yugoslavia while the southern part was annexed by Greece. When the Second Yugoslavia formed as a result of the Soviet Union's help, Macedonia existed as SR Macedonia, which was under Soviet control although Yugoslavia was an independent country.
Greek Claim to the Name "Macedonia"
This is where the Andromeda meets a POD with the Milky Way Timeline. Macedonia had been using the ancient Greek symbol which was a yellow sun-star. SR Macedonia had also been adopting ancient Greek symbols which the Greeks considered provocation and a fraud. In September 11, 1995 in New York City politicians and delegates from Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and the Soviet Union met to discuss the naming policies. During the first meet on September 11, it was decided that SR Macedonia keep its name and be referred to as "SR Macedonia". In the second meeting on September 12, it was decided that Macedonia be annexed to Greece. On September 13, 1995 it was decided that Macedonia would become an independent country.The political capital was moved from Skopje to Thessaloniki, the capital of Macedonia as it was when it was a Greek province. The Soviet Union, Bulgaria and the United States paid a total of $120,000,000 to the Greek, Macedonian, Yugoslavian and Bulgarian governments to grant Macedonia its independence. The region known as Macedonia which had been divided amongst Yugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria was now an independent country. Greeks were put into power and decided to restore Greece's old monarchy-system.
Modern Day Administration and Politics
Today Macedonia is ran under a constitutional monarchy. Macedonia is broken up into 4 provinces. While Greece is known as the "Hellenic Republic", Macedonia is known as the "Hellenic Kingdom". Macedonia's political system is entirely of Greek influence. The current king of Macedonia is Pangaiotis Pikrammenos, who is also the current prime minister of Greece. The currency of Macedonia is the drachma, an ancient Greek currency.
The three main languages of Macedonia are Macedonian, Greek and Fyrodonian. Despite being an independent country from Greece, the Macedonians living in southern and central Macedonia strongly hold tight to their Greek heritage. The Greek language is one of Macedonia's national languages and belongs to the Hellenic family of languages. The Greek language had historically been the only language in the Hellenic family. Greek and Macedonian linguists worked to develop and form a Macedonian language. This language would be a Hellenic language. This, along with Greek were considered national languages since most Macedonians are still holding to their Greek heritage. When northern Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia, the language spoken there was previously known as Macedonian. This "Macedonian" was a South Slavic language closely related to Bulgarian. When Macedonia was declared an independent country, the name of the Slavic Macedonian language was changed to the Fyrodonian instead. Fyrodonian is derived from the pneumonic phrase FYROM which literally meant "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia". Since the Greeks and southern and central Macedonians found the term upsetting, the "m" which stood for "Macedonia" was dropped and changed to Fyrodonian as the official name for the South Slavic language previously known as Macedonian. The Fyrodonian language is spoken in northern Macedonia, the region that was once Yugoslavia's. The name Macedonian was switched and given to the Greek-related language that developed in the newly-independent country of Macedonia.
Religion and Ethnic Groups
The government of Macedonia declares Macedonian an ethnicity and a nationality. The people of central and southern Macedonia often refer to themselves as Greek and Macedonian. The naming dispute still exists, the people of northern Macedonia still continue to refer to themselves as the "true Macedonians". The Macedonian government simply refers to the peoples of the northern region of Macedonia as Slavs. These people do not follow Greek culture, and retain their South Slavic culture. Currently the Macedonian government has no demonym for the people of northern Macedonia other than Slavs. Currently the Macedonian government declares than an ethnic Macedonian is one who is from Macedonia, a majority of descent from Macedonia and one who speaks any of the three languages as a native language and adheres to any of the cultures within Macedonia as a native culture. So even the Macedonians from the north are considered Macedonian by ethnicity by the government. Previously ethnic Macedonians had be referred from those in FYROM but this has changed. The Macedonian government also uses Greeks and Slavs. There are also ethnic Albanians living in the country. The government of Macedonia says that the Albanians are only Macedonian by nationality. The majority religion in Macedonia is Eastern Orthodoxy. This divides into two distinct groups of followers. The Macedonians from the central and southern part of the country follow the Greek Orthodox Church. The Muslims in Macedonia are the Albanians and Turks.