He recently commented that friends from mainland China kept asking him if Taiwan has a day off for mainland China's national holiday. I repeatly told them that people typically don't take a day off and celebrate for being overthrown...
This statement totally confused me, so I asked from some clarification on the China/Taiwan situation. Here is what he said:
To PepGiraffe: Let's use United States and Confederate States of America in a fictional scenario... Imagine:
- The Confederacy didn't want just to secede from the Union, they intended to replace the government in Washington DC and be the sole legitimate government of the land.
- The Confederacy conquered all but State of New York
- The Union Government, now in Albany, never relinquish the territorial claim of entire United States, even though in effect it only controls New York State.
- While no ceasefire/armistice was ever signed, there has been no hostility for past 40-50 years.
- New York State, being a lot wealthier, invested heavily throughout the Confederacy.
- 1/3 of population in the Union (i.e. State of New York) want to "secede" from the Confederacy, 1/3 want to preserve the United States, and 1/3 just want to live their daily lives.
- The Confederacy, on the other hand, claims that New York is just a renegade State, representing an unfinished business which will be resolved, hopefully peacefully, but with force if necessary.
That is essentially the story. :)
So tell me: is the Union and Confederate, under this fantasy scenario, a completely different country or not?
I asked him if it was ok to post his explanation on my blog and he said yes, with the caveat that he skipped a lot of historical background which would have helped to explain why people get very emotional about this. Although honestly, just the explanation he gave seems good enough for me.