Coalition of the Confused

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New Zealand   Australia and Oceania

Started 11/5/19 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 7301 views.

From: adwil


"I seriously want to move there.

If they legalise pot, I'm jumping."

;-)  Well they've already had the referendum. They just haven't announced the result. 

If it's an indication, Jacinda Ardern has used cannabis in the distant past. 

Other things are happening though. It is likely that the country will change its official name from the colonialist 'New Zealand' to 'Aotearoa', the Maori name for the country. Better than naming it after an exceedingly flat  province in the Netherlands.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)


adwil said:


If I have pronounced it correctly, it's actually very pretty.



From: adwil


Yes, I agree. Whatever the original meaning might have been, it's better than the current name.

 ao ("cloud, dawn, daytime or world"),

tea ("white, clear or bright") and

roa ("long").

It can also be broken up as Aotea = the name of one of the migratory canoes that travelled to New Zealand, and roa = long.

One literal translation is ‘long white cloud’,[2] commonly lengthened to ‘the land of the long white cloud’.[5] Alternative translations are ‘long bright world’ or ‘land of abiding day’ referring to the length and quality of the New Zealand daylight (when compared to the shorter days found further north in Polynesia).

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)


I hope if we ever change the names down here we get something nice.

We're still using the names "New South Wales", "Queensland" and "Victoria".

However, there are WAY too many indigenous dialects to be able to settle on one, and no evidence that there even is a word for the entire country.

Also, we would then be the only continent that does not begin and end with the same vowel.

I'm pretty sure that's a rule.


From: adwil


"Australia" is OK as a name. What else would you call a southern continent?

As for your 'colonialist' state names, they're your history and the status quo. I really don't see the point of changing them.