It will destroy and eradicate the Macedonian identity, culture, traditions, and heritage. This agreement is not just a change to the name. This agreement is an act of ethnocide against Macedonians. Read the full text of the agreement and a breakdown of 12 things we think every Macedonian should know about this disastrous deal. Macedonia in a nutshell.
The corrupt politicians that voted to change the name of the Republic of Macedonia, change the Macedonian constitution, and accept the Prespa Agreement, do not represent us - the millions of Macedonians in Macedonia and around the world. We may not know how or when, but we will continue to fight this, we will never accept it, and we will figure out a way to reverse it. He was a Macedonian. For those of us that live outside of Macedonia, we know all to well the bewildered looks our non-Orthodox friends give us and the questions that follow when we tell them that January 7th is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Here is a simplified history for those that are wondering why we celebrate Christmas thirteen days after the rest of the world.
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Macedonia became a member state of the UN on 8 April , eighteen months after its independence from Yugoslavia. It is referred to within the UN as "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", pending a resolution of the long-running dispute with Greece about the country's name.
The major interest of the country is a full integration in the European and the Trans-Atlantic integration processes. Five foreign policy priorities are: . In , the country was officially recognised as a European Union candidate state. On the NATO summit held in Bucharest in April , Macedonia failed to gain an invitation to join the organisation because Greece vetoed the move after the dispute over the name issue.
In March , the European Parliament expressed support for Macedonia's EU candidacy and asked the EU Commission to grant the country a date for the start of accession talks by the end of The parliament also recommended a speedy lifting of the visa regime for Macedonian citizens. The EU's stance is similar to NATO's in that resolution of the naming dispute is a precondition for the start of accession talks. He established that Bulgaria almost has joined Greece in vetoing the accession talks with Macedonia. The Bulgarian position was that Sofia cannot grant an EU certificate to Skopje, which is systematically employing an ideology of hate towards Bulgaria.
After the breakup of Yugoslavia in , the name of Macedonia became the object of a dispute between Greece and the newly independent Republic of Macedonia. Citing historical and territorial concerns resulting from the ambiguity between the Republic of Macedonia, the adjacent Greek region of Macedonia and the ancient kingdom of Macedon which falls within Greek Macedonia, Greece opposes the use of the name "Macedonia" by the Republic of Macedonia without a geographical qualifier, supporting a compound name such as "Northern Macedonia" for use by all and for all purposes erga omnes.
The Republic of Macedonia is accused of appropriating symbols and figures that are historically considered parts of Greece's culture such as Vergina Sun , a symbol associated with the ancient kingdom of Macedon, and Alexander the Great , and of promoting the irredentist concept of a United Macedonia , which would include territories of Greece , Bulgaria , Albania , and Serbia. From to , the two countries engaged in a dispute over the Macedonian state's new flag, which incorporated the Vergina Sun symbol.
This aspect of the dispute was resolved when the flag was changed under the terms of an interim accord agreed between the two states in October The second flag of sovereign Macedonia — became part of the dispute with Greece. However, most UN member countries have abandoned the provisional reference and have recognised the country as the Republic of Macedonia instead. Negotiations continue between the two sides but have yet to reach any settlement of the dispute.
Initially the European Community -nominated Arbitration Commission's opinion was that "the use of the name 'Macedonia' cannot therefore imply any territorial claim against another State";  despite the commission's opinion, Greece continued to object to the establishment of relations between the Community and the Republic under its constitutional name. Additionally, many pieces of public infrastructure, such as airports, highways, and stadiums have been renamed after Alexander and Philip.
These actions are seen as deliberate provocations in neighboring Greece, exacerbating the dispute and further stalling Macedonia's EU and NATO applications. Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and Convention against Torture , and the Constitution guarantees basic human rights to all Macedonian citizens.
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There do, however, continue to be problems with human rights. According to human rights organisations, in there were suspected extrajudicial executions, threats against, and intimidation of, human rights activists and opposition journalists, and allegations of torture by the police. Macedonian Air Force Mi helicopter. The government's national defence policy aims to guarantee the preservation of the independence and sovereignty of the state, the integrity of its land area and airspace and its constitutional order.
Its main goals remain the development and maintenance of a credible capability to defend the nation's vital interests and development of the Armed Forces in a way that ensures their interoperability with the armed forces of NATO and the European Union member states and their capability to participate in the full range of NATO missions. The Ministry of Defence develops the Republic's defence strategy and assesses possible threats and risks. It is also responsible for the defence system, including training, readiness, equipment, and development, and for drawing up and presenting the defence budget.
Ranked as the fourth "best reformatory state" out of countries ranked by the World Bank in , Macedonia has undergone considerable economic reform since independence.
Република Македонија / Republika Makedonija / Republic of Macedonia / República da Macedónia
Since , Macedonia has witnessed steady, though slow, economic growth with GDP growing by 3. This figure was projected to rise to an average of 5. The current government introduced a flat tax system with the intention of making the country more attractive to foreign investment. Despite these reforms, as of Macedonia's unemployment rate was Macedonia still has one of the lowest per capita GDPs in Europe. In terms of GDP structure, as of the manufacturing sector, including mining and construction constituted the largest part of GDP at The trade, transportation and accommodation sector represents In terms of foreign trade, the largest sector contributing to the country's export in was "chemicals and related products" at Macedonia's main import sectors in were "manufactured goods classified chiefly by material" with Even Macedonia along with Montenegro , Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo belongs to the less-developed southern region of the former Yugoslavia.
It suffered severe economic difficulties after independence, when the Yugoslav internal market collapsed and subsidies from Belgrade ended. In addition, it faced many of the same problems faced by other former socialist East European countries during the transition to a market economy. Its main land and rail exports route, through Serbia , remains unreliable with high transit costs, thereby affecting the export of its formerly highly profitable, early vegetables market to Germany.
Macedonia's IT market increased When Greece imposed a trade embargo on the Republic in —95, the economy was also affected.
Some relief was afforded by the end of the Bosnian war in November and the lifting of the Greek embargo, but the Kosovo War of and the Albanian crisis caused further destabilisation. Since the end of the Greek embargo, Greece has become the country's most important business partner. See Greek investments in the Republic of Macedonia. Many Greek companies have bought former state companies in Macedonia,  such as the oil refinery Okta, the baking company Zhito Luks, a marble mine in Prilep , textile facilities in Bitola , etc. However, local cross-border trade between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia sees thousands of Greek shoppers visiting to purchase cheaper domestic products.
Tourism is an important part of the economy of the Republic of Macedonia.
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The country's abundance of natural and cultural attractions make it an attractive destination of visitors. It receives about , tourists annually. Macedonia's statistical regions exist solely for legal and statistical purposes. The regions are:. Most of the current municipalities were unaltered or merely amalgamated from the previous municipalities established in September ; others were consolidated and their borders changed.
The last census data from shows a population of 2,, inhabitants. The second largest group are the Albanians who dominated much of the northwestern part of the country. Some unofficial estimates indicate that in the Republic of Macedonia, there are possibly up to , Romani. Eastern Orthodoxy is the majority faith of the Republic of Macedonia, making up Various other Christian denominations account for 0. Muslims comprise The remaining 1. Altogether, there were 1, churches and mosques in the country at the end of There is an Orthodox theological college in the capital.
The Macedonian Orthodox Church has jurisdiction over 10 provinces seven in the country and three abroad , has 10 bishops and about priests. A total of 30, people are baptised in all the provinces every year. Between the Macedonian and Serbian Orthodox Churches , there is a tension which arose from the former's separation and self-declared autocephaly in The reaction of the Macedonian Orthodox Church was to cut off all relations with the new Ohrid Archbishopric and to prevent bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from entering Macedonia.
The Church was established in , and is made up mostly of converts to Catholicism and their descendants. Its liturgical worship is performed in Macedonian. A 19th-century Macedonian silver Hanukkah Menorah. There is a small Protestant community. The most famous Protestant in the country is the late president Boris Trajkovski. He was from the Methodist community, which is the largest and oldest Protestant church in the Republic, dating back to the late 19th century.