That is far worse than "Kossovo" in so many levels! Firstly, we were brutally occupied and put by force into what was to be Yugoslavia since 1878! Endured atrocities in: 1878, 1912, 1945, 1989, and 1999 only to be free from it. We are glad that such a terrible concept no longer exists that even the word "former" would not suffice.
On a more present note "two former Yugoslav republics" is vague for there were 7 republics back then. Not to mention that we were not a republic ever in it thanks to Serbs, and as such it would not apply to us. Lastly it hints that former Slavic countries of Yugoslavia are in trade wars, which to Dardanians would be an insult since we are not and have never been Slavs.
The most crucial point that made enemies between our countries is the tendency of Slavs to assimilate us as they did to other former Illirian tribes ever since the Byzantine Empire. We survived that with effort and blood. For what? Only to be called Slavs yet again?!
You can see how Cannell and others may be a bit upset because you are using Dardania. It doesnt' bother me particularly because I understood the whole issue, but you can see how you can cause confusion.
It's like German Guy would start talking about the Holy Roman Empire to describe the German, Prussian and Bohemian territories that belonged to the HRE.
"yes, the HRE is doing rather well economically and there are elections in the HRE soon".
Or like Spriggs05 talking about the Commonwealth lead by Britain, hinting at integrating the former colonies back into one nation. "Fun time over colonials, no more Parliament for you!".
Or some french guy talking about The First French Empire that had Italy as part of it, hinting towards a unification in the future.
Or like I would talk about Greater Romania, instead of Romania, having Romania take back territories as per 1918 territorial integrity.
Or the a greek guy would talk about Greece as the Byzantine Empire. "Yeah, we byzantines are going through a bit of a rough patch now but after we take back Constantinopole, it will all be good. "
Not really. Macedonia is recognized with this name worldwide. No one knows what Dardania is, except people like DDD. This region is known around the world as "Kosovo".
Should the world recognize the name Dardania, I don't mind calling them Dardania. Since then they are Kosovo.
I think Dardania is actually Kosovo+Albania, as far as I can understand.
Now this topic is close to DDD's heart so I don't mind him using this term. it's not like he's hurting anyone but himself and his message by not making himself clear to people.