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Old October 5 2013, 12:12 AM   #19
Bad Thoughts
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Re: USA and UK surviving into the Trek era

Not much can be read from toponyms: they get recycled and reused. Consider the following:

The Roman town of Londonum collapsed entirely, but was refounded in the 9th century. There is no continuity between Londonum and modern London

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is not a nation dominated by the Massachusett Indians. Nor is Iowa dominaed by the Ioway.

Some names describe dominant geological features that would likely remain regardless of the political situation: Mississippi and Missouri, Rhineland.

Some names will fall into disuse, even if a continuity can be drawn between regimes, like Zaire.

ETA: many European cities have a "street of the Jews" where, in fact, no Jews live. It merely memorializes the location of the ghetto.
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