How do I name location categories such as India in the English category tree?

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WikiTree has parallel category trees for different languages.  Because you are creating a category in the English category tree, use only the English name of the country.

How do you determine the English name of a country, for example, Wikipedia says India is officially the Republic of India, so should that be the category's name?  No, the Constitution of India says the country's name is "India", but all categories for modern countries use the short form in common usage, as in [[Category: Australia]] not [[Category: Commonwealth of Australia]]. 

For example:

In the English category tree, [[Category:India (en)]] is correct.

In the Hindi category tree, [[Category:भारत ]] is correct.

[[Category: India (भारत)]] is not correct.

If you are aware of categories in other languages for the same location, add links to each category page.  See for example: Category: Regions. If you need help, ask a question here in the G2G using the tag ''categorization''.

Category Names for Regions on WikiTree's Styles and Standards for Category Names has been updated.  See also WikiTree Styles and Standard for Location Fields.

For a previous G2G discussion about this decision on how to name categories in different languages, see:

in Policy and Style by Maryann Hurt G2G6 Mach 8 (84.3k points)

1 Answer

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Just a few thoughts about not using the official name of countries: Things change, countries change, split, reunite, etc. Recent history: The Bundesrepublik Deutschland and the Deutsche Demokratische Republik reunited after 45 years of being separate states; South Vietnam, officially Republic of Vietnam, and North Vietnam, officially Democratic Republic of Vietnam, reunited in 1976. Still existing: South Korea, officially Republic of Korea, and North Korea, officially Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Taiwan, officially Republic of China, and mainland China, officially People's Republic of China; Sudan, officially Republic of the Sudan, and South Sudan, officially Republic of South Sudan; Congo, officially Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Congo, officially Republic of the Congo.

Also a word of caution about too much reliance on constitutional definitions: constitutions are political documents, and sometimes aspirational: The constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany claimed to speak for all of Germany, and so do the respective documents for the Koreas and Chinas.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (523k points)

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