As for FYROM itself, it's just one more example of the sad trend of nationalism in post-communist lands.
Greece a post-communist land?
No, but FYROM is. The country was established as the "Autonomous Republic of Macedonia" by Tito in 1946, one of the 6 constituent republics of Socialist Yugoslavia. By creating a "Macedonian" ethnicity, language, and state, the Yugoslavian government had two objectives:
1) To remove any Bulgarian influence or aspiration for this region - because undoubtedly the Bulgarian presence in that area was quite strong and pro-Bulgarian tendencies were powerful, and
2) to unite Macedonia as a whole-that is, not only the Yugoslavian part of it, but also the Greek part and the Bulgarian part, a connecting link in establishing a "Socialist Federation of the Balkan peoples" (sic). What we're witnessing today in the region, are the "remnants" of the Greek civil war & the communist attempt in the '40's to create a "Balkan Federation of Socialist Peoples" (The Bled Protocols, 10th session of the Bulgarian Communist Party, August 1946, the Tito-Dimitrov meeting).
BTW, the first "premier" of the new Socialist republic of "Macedonia" was Dimitar Vlahov, who had been an outspoken Bulgarian during the first decade of the 20th century, was an elected Bulgarian delegate to the Ottoman Parliament, became leader of the "IMRO-United" (known as VMRO or BMPO in Cyrillic) in 1925, and in 1946 declared himself an "original Macedonian" (sic).
Also if I may ask, who's the racist here, since our northern neighbours are the true, "ancient Macedonians", with clean blood stream, the Übermenschen of the region, while us poor Greeks are the Untermenschen, because-if you don't know it, please be aware that, we're of...sub-Saharan origin?Original study of the University of Skopje for the Sub-Saharan origin of the Greeks
And just to make it clear (to avoid misconception or misunderstanding):
Personally, I could never argue that ancient Greeks are the direct ancestors of today's Greeks in a biological sense
; that the Greeks of 21st century, are directly descended from the ancient Greeks of 5th or 4th century BC, genetically
. A blond pure-blooded Greek, existed only in the imagination of the Nazi party. I don't give a...you know what, if my ancestor was a Nordic German, or a Negroid Sub-Saharan. We're not defined as a nation from a pure blood stream, but from an unbroken cultural history and tradition (with biggest proof, the inhabitation of the same territory by Greek-speaking people for millenia). This concept of "Greekness" as a cultural identity and not a biological one, has been a common one since the 4th century BC, already expressed by Isocrates:
"The name Greek is no longer a mark of a race, but of an outlook, and is accorded to those who share our culture rather than our blood" (in Greek: "Καὶ τὸ τῶν Ἑλλήνων ὄνομα πεποίηκε μηκέτι τοῦ γένους ἀλλά τῆς διανοίας δοκεῖν εἶναι, καὶ μᾶλλον Ἕλληνας καλεῖσθαι τούς τῆς παιδεύσεως τῆς ἡμετέρας ἤ τοὺς τῆς κοινῆς φύσεως μετέχοντας").
(E.g. for Isocrates, Cyrillic
is clearly a Greek, deep down inside he knows it, now he just has to admit it)